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LBJ / FBI Orders / Wiretaps #237920

CBS Evening News for Friday, Nov 28, 1975
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(Studio) Asserted President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered FBI to spy on Dr. Martin Luther King and Senator Barry Goldwater.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC)Ex-FBI assistant director William Sullivan, wrote 2 memos to White House that John Dean gave Senate Watergate committee in June 1973. Committee's Republican cnsl., Fred Thompson, disclosed memos. in book. Sullivan said that LBJ ordered tapped telephone for King and other black leaders at 1964 Democratic Convention in Atlantic City. LBJ especially concerned with Senator Robert F. Kennedy's activities with King. Hoover aide Cartha DeLoach said RFK authorized tap. Sullivan said LBJ asked FBI to look into members of Goldwater's staff for possible derogatory information Sullivan says FBI help also requested for 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. During `68 campaign, LBJ had FBI check outgoing telephone calls of Governor Spiro Agnew and asked about telephone call to Mrs. Anna Chennault, Pro-Saigon lobbyist, and had her watched and South Vietnam embassy tapped. Johnson didn't believe Hoover's denials that he had been tapped while a Senator
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

Reporter(s):
Mudd, Roger;
Schorr, Daniel
Duration:
00:02:00

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