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Agnew Probe / Press Conference #230235

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 08, 1973
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(Studio) Vice President Spiro Agnew holds news conference to rebut accusations with regard to kickbacks received from building contractors while Maryland governor
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) [AGNEW - denies charges, labeling them damned lies. Ponders over possibility that accusers are themselves in deep trouble, seeking immunity or reduced charges.] [REPORTER - asks if Agnew considering stepping down from office temporarily.] [AGNEW - firmly denies such plans.] [REPORTER - questions if Agnew would step down if investigation becomes more serious.] [AGNEW - expects no indictment and refuses to think about such remote ideas.] Agnew states he didn't discuss matter with President personally till yesterday. Reporters question alleged deals with contractors. [AGNEW - says he had no dealings with contractors at all.] [REPORTER - asks if bribe ever offered by contractors.] [AGNEW - recalls 1 bribe, but he later reported bribe. Failure to report bribery immediately caused by inexperience.] [REPORTER - asks if Agnew received threats of being dragged through this unless Agnew helped kill Baltimore Cnty. investigation.] [AGNEW - refuses to comment till he's absolutely sure and accurate on facts.] [REPORTER - asks if anyone asked Agnew to kill probe.] [AGNEW - replies no.] [REPORTER - asks if Agnew satisfied with White House statement on Agnew probe.] [AGNEW - responds its not terribly important what President says, but believes Vice President should stand alone.] Agnew intends to defend himself and his position on matter.
REPORTER: Barry Serafin

(Studio) White House spokesperson says President├╣ has no reason to change attitude toward or confidence in Vice President
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Mudd, Roger;
Serafin, Barry

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