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Justice Department and International Telephone and Telegraph #221969

CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 10, 1972
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(Studio) Senator Judiciary Committee probes Justice Department settlement of ITT antitrust suit and ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) pledge to Republican party
REPORTER: Charles Collingwood

(DC) Joan and Ethel Kennedy observe hearings. Columnist Jack Anderson and his associate Brit Hume testify. Anderson says when former Attorney General John Mitchell testifies, it will be 1 of most arrogant examples of perjury committee has ever heard, if he repeats denial of knowledge of ITT Republican convention pledge. Senator Marlow Cook says to let Mitchell speak for himself. [ANDERSON - responds to Cook saying Justice Department members are irresponsible ones in case.] Republican national committee chairperson, Senator Dole, charges American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) agreed to advance telephone service to Democratic Convention despite $1.5 million debt from 1968. [DOLE - calls service a contribution, much larger than ITT pledge to San Diego, California (not Republican convention as has been alleged).] Democrat Chairperson O'Brien says Dole is laying a smoke screen to cover up Republican scandal.
REPORTER: Neil Strawser Artist: Marcia Danits

(DC) [Attorney General nomination Richard KLEINDIENST - says former Attorney General Mitchell had no part in ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) settlement, as he had disqualified himself, nor did White House Judge McLaren handled antitrust settlement.]
REPORTER: Connie Chung

(DC) Senator Hart says public, rather than private, financing of political campaigns would have circumvented this scandal.
REPORTER: Neil Strawser

(Studio) Mrs. Dita Beard, ailing ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) lobbyist, says through her attorney that she is anxious to testify. Denies Mitchell told her President Nixon had intervened.
REPORTER: Charles Collingwood

(DC) Dr. Victor Liszka pictured Mrs. Beard as disturbed and irrational, and former Kentucky Governor Louie Nunn recalled her heavy drinking. This picture does not correspond with description given by her associates as hard-driving, aggressive, intelligent lobbyist, tough and earthy, but always in possession of her faculties. Her pride in her 5 children noted.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

Chung, Connie;
Collingwood, Charles;
Schorr, Daniel;
Strawser, Neil

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