CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 19, 1973
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(Studio) Charles "Bebe" Rebozo is President' closest friend.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Key Biscayne, Florida) [REBOZO - grants interview with CBS to clarify certain issues.] [CRONKITE - asks if President knows about interview.] [REBOZO - says President aware of meeting; no advice given.] Rebozo questioned about Howard Hughes' campaign contribution to Nixon's `72 campaign. [CRONKITE - asks why Hughes chose Rebozo to keep contribution till delivery to President] [REBOZO - says Hughes gave money to him because of close friendship with President Many contributors wanted to be sure money got directly to President through his best friend. All investigations show no wrongdoing.] [CRONKITE - questions money' s purpose. Hughes' lawyer's version differs from Rebozo's.] [REBOZO - says no favors requested in return for campaign contribution.] [CRONKITE - asks if Herbert Kalmbach was acting as financial chairperson then.] [REBOZO - agrees. Didn't turn over Hughes' $100,000 to Kalmbach because he was unsure of contribution's value to President' campaign.] [CRONKITE - questions Rebozo about possibly testifying in open hearings.] [REBOZO - feels unsure if he'll be called as witness. Feelings mixed. Doesn't like new publicity; loves privacy.]
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Studio) More of Cronkite's interview with Rebozo to be shown on future broadcast.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
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