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President / News Conference #225992

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 03, 1973
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(Studio) President holds impromptu news conference Nixon backs Agnew and Justice Department in Agnew investigation.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(White House) [PRES. - believes Agnew's decision with regard to resignation if indicted should be respected. Hopes news leaks will be stopped; Agnew's innocence should not be doubted till otherwise proven.] Questioned if Justice Department's investigation unfair to Agnew. [NIXON - supports assistant Attorney General Henry Petersen's inquiry into Agnew allegations.] President refuses to discuss compromise with regard to White House tapes. Questioned about Austria's decision to close transit station to Soviet Jews immigrating to Israel. [PRES. - hopes Austrian Chancellor to reconsider decision. Govts. shouldn't give in to terrorist group blackmail.] Questioned about econ. [PRES. - outlines present economy situation. Refuses to comment on possible Phase IV removal.]
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Studio) President calls news conference to announce Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's upcoming visit to Peking, China.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Rather, Dan

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