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ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 26, 1973
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(Studio) President to hold news conference beginning 7 p.m. EDT; to be carried live by ABC.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(White House) News conference to center on past week's crisis. Allegedly Nixon to yield to pressure and agree to appointed another Watergate prosecutor. News conference important for President to maintain leadership status.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Capitol Hill) Most Senators feel President should back away from appointed of new prosecutor. Many believe Judge John Sirica should name new prosecutor. [Senator John TUNNEY - believes Americans want independent prosecutor to investigate scandals surrounding Nixon administration] Senators might accept prosecutor named by Nixon, but would demand Congress confirmation.

(DC) [Former prosecutor Archibald COX - doesn't completely rule out possibility of being apptd. prosecutor again; feels action would be wrong, however.] Cox questioned if anyone could do job under ground rules set up for Cox. [COX - replies ground rules good, but a few basic rules require changes.] Cox reveals own compromise requirements suggested for White House tapes review involving 3 listeners: former Senator John Sherman Cooper, retired Judge Roger Trainer, and former Solicitor General James Lee Rankin. Cox questioned about cynicism. [COX - insists President' compliance with court order to release tapes makes up for any bitterness or hard feelings.]
REPORTER: David Schoumacher

Clark, Bob;
Jarriel, Tom;
Schoumacher, David;
Smith, Howard K.

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