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Colson / Nixon Resignation #238968

CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 07, 1975
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(Studio) Former White House cnsl. Charles Colson says Richard Nixon talked of resigning presidency 8 mos. before he actually did.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Nixon expressed doubt that newly installed Vice President Gerald Ford could handle job of presidency if Nixon resigned in December'73. [COLSON - says Nixon apprehensive about Ford being able to handle Henry Kissinger if Ford took over presidency. Nixon-Kissinger relationship always very volatile and delicately balanced.] Questioned about how Kissinger's name came up during Colson's conversation with Nixon. [COLSON - says Nixon referred to Kissinger's instability during December`72 Vietnam bombings; thought Ford's inexperience in dealing with Kissinger would affect Ford's presidency.]
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

(DC) In late `72, there were reports of Colson deliberately leaking anti-Kissinger stories. Colson never has been big Kissinger supporter. [KISSINGER - refuses to dignify Colson's statements with comment.] [State Department spokesperson Robert ANDERSON - denies Colson's charges against Kissinger.] From all available records, Nixon wanted to bomb North Vietnam in December; Kissinger little more conservative in attitude.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Schorr, Daniel

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