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Justice Dept-International Telephone and Telegraph #222369

CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 06, 1972
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(Studio) Senator Judiciary Committee investigates charges ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) promised to help finance Republican national convention in return for favorable settlement in antitrust suit.
REPORTER: Charles Collingwood

(DC) Dr. Victor Liszka testifies on ability of ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) lobbyist Dita Beard, in a Denver hospital, to testify next wk, at request of Chairperson James Eastland. Senator Philip Hart questions Dr. Liszka on Mrs. Beard's statements concerning ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) case. Mrs. Beard saw ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) officials in New York last wk. Senator Marlow Cook objects questions require doctor to violate confidential relationship with patient. Dr. Liszka says Mrs. Beard assures no deal transpired in ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) settlement, that she was scolded by Attorney G north Mitchell and wrote memo while angry. Dr. Liszka says Mrs. Beard was often in unstable mental condition. Senator Edward Kennedy criticizes Republicans in questioning of doctor [DR. LISZKA - says Mrs. Beard did not object to his testimony and he is trying to clear up matters. Says her mental condition could have affected validity of memo.] Associate of columnist Jack Anderson, reporter Brit Hume, says Dr. Liszka omitted testimony that ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) officials told Mrs. Beard to get lost. Liszka discussed testimony with Justice Department officials.
REPORTER: Neil Strawser

(Studio) Reporters have been trying to locate Mrs. Beard.
REPORTER: Charles Collingwood

(Denver, Colorado) Dita Beard flew to Denver last Thursday after purportedly telling Representative Bob Wilson that ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) had put her on leave. She had planned to stay with friends. Admitted to Denver hospital with chest pains. FBI served subpoena on her, and children have visited, but otherwise Mrs. Beard has remained in seclusion. [Physician, Dr. Dave GARLAND - says Mrs. Beard is responding to treatment.] [Heart specialist, Dr. Louis RADETSEY - says she cannot face stress of committee hearing.] Committee may cone to hospital for her testimony.
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld

Collingwood, Charles;
Strawser, Neil;
Threlkeld, Richard

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