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(Studio) President Ford considers pardons for all 48 Watergate defendants. Of 48, 39 convicted or pleaded guilty, 5 in prison, and 4 have done time. Speaker House Carl Albert says blanket amnesty abuse of President power.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Acting news secretary, John Hushen, reports pardons under consideration. Chief legal adviser, Philip Buchen, says received no information with regard to more pardons. Buchen certain no deal between Ford and Nixon with regard to latter's pardon. Says convinced Nixon wouldn't plead guilty in court, but accepting pardon could be admission of guilt. Says mercy works in unequal fashion.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
- Mudd, Roger;
- Schieffer, Bob
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