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Chief Justice Appointment / Burger / Congressional Reaction / Ties #203687

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 22, 1969
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(Studio) Congress responds favorably to President Nixon's nomination of Judge Warren Burger for post of Chief Justice of Supreme Court Nixon explains how he feels about court appts.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Nixon hasn't cleared Burger's name with anyone. Burger chosen because of his experience and being a strict Constitutionalist. Nixon favors moving up associate justice to Abe Fortas's place and favors moving up lower court judge. Rules out political friends like Attorney General John Mitchell, Herb. Brownell, and Charles Rhyne. Thomas Dewey and Potter Stewart decline consideration.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Const. conservatives like Senator Sam Ervin and liberals are enthusiastic about Burger. [Senator Jacob JAVITS - says confident Court can be great.] [Senator Philip HART - says Burger is intelligent, decent, and has integrity.] [ERVIN - says court lost prestige because didn't hold to Const. Man of complete integrity.]
REPORTER: Hal Walker

(Studio) Burger gets $2,000 year for being trustee of Mayo Clinic Foundation.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Mudd, Roger;
Rather, Dan;
Walker, Hal

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