CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 12, 1972
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(Studio) President Nixon refuses to let White House aide Peter Flanigan testify about ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) affair. Senator Judiciary Committee dividing on party lines, refuses to subpoena him. Confirmation of Richard Kleindienst as Attorney General now in question.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) White House stands on doctrine of executive privilege in refusing to let aide testify. Senator Robert Byrd joins Democrats insisting Flanigan must testify before cloud over Kleindienst's head can be lifted. [Committee Chairperson Senator James EASTLAND - abstained from breaking committee tie vote, hesitant to subpoena employees of Executive Department] White House letter denying Flanigan's appearance, says he only assisted in obtaining financial consultant to advise on ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) antitrust settlement. [Senator John TUNNEY - says Kleindienst's nomination will be jeopardized if Flanigan does not appear.] [Senator Robert BYRD - says if Flanigan isn't permitted to testify, Kleindienst's nomination should be withdrawn.] [KLEINDIENST - says he will continue as Acting Attorney General]
REPORTER: Neil Strawser
(DC) President shows slight cracks in confidence Kleindienst will win. Alternative action should nomination fail, considered.
REPORTER: Dan Rather