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Fortas Nomination #159

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 02, 1968
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(Studio) President Johnson withdraws Abe Fortas' name as Chief Justice nominee at Fortas' request. Calls Senator refusal to end filibuster historical and Const. tragedy. President appointed for Chief Justice hasn't been defeated since 1795.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) In letter to President, Fortas calls Senator attacks on Supreme Court destructive and extreme and should be ended before court meets for new term. [Senator Robert GRIFFIN - says future President will take great care with nominations. Senator taking advise and consent role seriously will help court] Fortas observing religious holiday.
REPORTER: Irv Chapman

(DC) President humiliated by Senate vote. President signs conservation bills in E. room. [JOHNSON - thanks Chief Justice Earl Warren, who stands for all that's good in cntry.] President concerned with precedent set by Senator President undecided if he'll submit another name or remain silent.

Chapman, Irv;
Gill, Bill;
Reynolds, Frank

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