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Ford / Nixon Pardon #231386

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 17, 1974
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(Studio) President Ford appears before House judiciary subcommittee to answer questions with regard to Nixon pardon.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Ford says former chief of staff Alexander Haig discussed Richard Nixon's possible resignation and Ford's options. [Representative Elizabeth HOLTZMAN - says public questions Ford's pardon of Nixon; suspicions some sort of deal.] [PRES. - assures Congress and American people there was no deal.] Ford states negotiations between White House and Nixon with regard to custody of Nixon's tapes and documents were made prior to Nixon pardon. [FORD - says tape negotiations not relevant to Nixon pardon decision.] [Representative Wiley MAYNE - asks if President now feels he acted too hastily.] [FORD - believes timing of pardon right. Reason for pardon not dependent on Nixon; pardon made to bring American people back together to focus on pressing problems here and abroad. Impeachment, trial and conviction would have kept whole cntry. stirred up.] [Representative HOLTZMAN - believes more questions need to be answered.] [Representative William HUNGATE - says he's generally pleased with President' explanation.]
REPORTER: Bruce Morton

(Studio) Public able to hear President in cmteroom.; reaction to history-making event taken.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Few people get in to be part of history; reaction of those few given.
REPORTER: Nelson Benton

(Studio) Chairperson subcommittee Hungate plans to resume hearings after congress recess; plans to call special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski. Ford believes committee satisfied with answers.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Benton, Nelson;
Cronkite, Walter;
Morton, Bruce

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