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President Subpoena / House Committee / Ziegler #233804

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 11, 1974
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(Studio) President Nixon becomes 1st President to be subpoenaed by Congress House Judiciary Committee asks for tapes of President' talks with Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Dean, Kleindienst, and Peterson, through, February-Apr., 1973. President tries to avoid subpoena.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Materials subpoenaed required for impeachment inquiry. Staff attorney, John Doar, reported call from President' attorney, James Saint Clair in which deal offered. Saint Clair offered to send 1st 4 items to avoid subpoena. Democrats vote for subpoena anyway. [Representative Charles SANDMAN - calls it most important subpoena ever. 60 secs. each ridiculous.) Democratic Representative John Seiberling says time to send message to White House Representative David Dennis moves to subpoena only what Saint Clair offered. Representative Delbert Latta moves to name specific conversations wanted. (LATTA - says no one can comply with way subpoena now drafted.) Representative Robert McClory tries to get Saint Clair to put deal in writing. [McCLORY - says effort failed.) Chairperson Peter Rodino accepts Latta's amendment; 33-3 vote to subpoena all evidence wanted to get necessary information for job to be done with dispatch.) [Representative Tom RAILSBACK - says this will help expedite inquiry.] Rodino favors Saint Clair having active part in investigation via procedural rules. Bipartisan mood remains.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton Artist: Howard Brodie

(DC) [News secretary Ronald ZIEGLER - says White House intends to give more facts at end of Easter vacation. To have answer to subpoena at that time. Feels it'll get House support. President has said he would cooperate. Now that White House knows specifics, it can produce facts.]
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Studio) If President ignores subpoena, little committee can do other than rely on public opinion.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Reporter(s):
Morton, Bruce;
Mudd, Roger;
Rather, Dan
Duration:
00:05:10

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