CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 14, 1972
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(Studio) San. Judiciary hearings resume on whether Justice Department made favorable settlement on ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) antitrust case for ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) pledge to Republican national convention
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Capitol Hill) Former Attorney General John Mitchell testifies. He discloses 1970 meeting with ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) President Harold Gennen, covering only general anticonglomerate policy. Denies all implications of political deal in memo of ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) lobbyist Dita Beard and says he told her to "shove off" at Kentucky Derby party Says President never intervened in any Justice Department case. San. Hugh Scott agrees with Mitchell that impugning reputation of acting Attorney General Richard Kleindienst is scandalous. [Committee Chairperson, San. James EASTLAND - thinks Mitchell is telling the truth.] Sans. Edward Kennedy and John Tunney question Mitchell on role of White House Aide Peter Flannigan who obtained financial consultant used by Justice Department in settlement. Flannigan may be allowed to claim executive privilege and not testify. [Senator Thomas EAGLETON - recalls Eisenhower Aide Sherman Adams, hurling corporate fix-it charges at Flannigan.]
REPORTER: Neil Strawser Artist: Marcia Danits
(DC) Flannigan rebuttal comes via Senator Norris Cotton, who has defended him in past. Flannigan information sent, via aides to Cotton. Rose and Crawford sat in gallery tracing Cotton's rebuttal line by line as he read from their memo. White House Congress lobbyist Tom Corrologas spotted Rose and Crawford in gallery and motioned them out. Cotton says Eagleton attack on Flannigan smacks of McCarthyism.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(White House) Flannigan counterattacks by charging partisan politics behind attacks on President assistant President Press Secretary Ronald Zeigler calls Eagleton's charges absurd and says President Nixon has utmost confidence in Flannigan.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint