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Green Beret Case / Rheault / Nixon Role / Widow #200526

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 01, 1969
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(Studio) Green Beret Colonel Robert Rheault denies Vietnam civilian had been murdered.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Boston, Massachusetts) Colonel Rheault reunited with wife and daughter. [RHEAULT - says we knew justice would prevail. Would be travesty of justice to try men for doing their job. Army is my life.]

(Studio) White House reports on President role in decision not to prosecute.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) President Secretary Ronald Ziegler said the President hadn't been involved in deciding to drop charges on Monday and Tuesday Today Ziegler said The White House was informed. The President approved. CIA Director Richard Helms decided not to let CIA members testify and President Nixon approved. By not overruling CIA, President Nixon made final decision. Several reasons why President Nixon did so were considered.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Studio) Widow of alleged victim threatens to kill self and 2 children before American Embassy if not informed of what happened to husband and compensated by US. South Vietnam formally asked United States for full details.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Rather, Dan

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