CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 02, 1968
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(Studio) President Johnson withdraws Abe Fortas' nomination for Chief Justice at Fortas' request.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Fortas wrote letter to President Tuesday after Senator refused to end filibuster; sent it today. Says he'll continue as Assoc. Justice. Johnson says Senator action historically and Const. tragic. President praised Chief Justice Earl Warren at bill-signing ceremony. [JOHNSON - thanks Warren who stands for all that's good in US.] Warren declines to say how much longer he'll be on court Because Hugo Black, William O. Douglas and John M. Harlan may retire next year, he may want to wait until make-up of court clear. [Senator Robert GRIFFIN - says any Chief Justice should have widespread support. Fortas action wise.] [Senator Philip HART - says nomination failed due to Warren court being anathema to certain group; those who're offended by civil rights advance; Republicans who want to keep post open; right wing groups and low popularity of President who nominated Fortas.] [Senator Strom THURMOND - calls it finest decision Fortas ever made since being on Supreme Court Suggests he resign for sake of good government] President can make another nomination, make recess appointed or wait until next President arrives.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
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