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Surveillance of Congressmen / White House / Muskie #216149

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 16, 1971
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(Studio) White House defends FBI as charges of spying on Congmen. continue.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) White House calls charges political attempt to create fear, intimidation among public; FBI at Earth Day Rallies to watch troublemakers in crowds, not Senator Muskie as charged. Senator Boggs had tap on phone; no way of knowing who put it there; FBI maintains legal and proper to use informer in preparation of bribery case against Representative Dowdy.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Studio) Senator Muskie conts. criticism of FBI.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Manchester, New Hampshire) [MUSKIE - says FBI present at 40-60 Earth Day rallies; would like to know if FBI presence due to 40-60 separate instances of threat of crime, violence, national security; believes FBI presence in nature of general surveillance.] Muskie asked at Mississippi speech if would request resignation of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover if President [MUSKIE - says would request his resignation.]
REPORTER: David Culhane

Cronkite, Walter;
Culhane, David;
Rather, Dan

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