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President / News Conference #23505

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 03, 1973
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(Studio) President holds news conf.; Agnew inquiry among main concerns.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(White House) [NIXON - states Agnew's decision not to resign if indicted should be respected.] [REPORTER - asks if President requested Vice President to resign.] [PRESS - denies asking Agnew to resign.] President questioned with regard to possible plans for Vice President replacement if Agnew leaves office. [PRES. - states any contingency plan inappropriate with regard to Agnew's office. Restates position on innocence of Agnew till proven otherwise. Recalls spking. to Attorney General Elliot Richardson and assistant Attorney General Henry Petersen re; news leaks in Agnew investigation.] [REPORTER - asks President if he supports Petersen's handling of Agnew probe.] [NIXON - insists Petersen handles inquiry well.] President speaks briefly on economy controls, his European trip and Watergate tapes.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

Jarriel, Tom;
Smith, Howard K.

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