CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 01, 1976
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(Studio) Deputy Attorney General Harold Tyler says he initiated investigation of campaign financing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, by Watergate special prosecutor; Tyler says Attorney General Edward Levi approved move.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Tyler indicates he didn't know at beginning of investigation that probe would eventually center on union contributions donated to Michigan Republican cmtes. at direction of Gerald Ford. Deputy Attorney General says informant told FBI of alleged illegal handling of funds to Nixon reelection campaign and matter was routinely referred to special prosecutor. [TYLER - says reports not specific and he didn't tell White House of probe as he had no basis to know President involved.] Is asked about Republican Vice President nominee Robert Dole's charge of political motivation for probe. [TYLER - says no basis for suggestion of political motivation by special prosecutor Charles Ruff as long as Tyler and Justice Department have stated referral made under regulations.]
REPORTER: Fred Graham
(Studio) President Ford says won't question political motivation of probe; question raised by Dole, who was at White House today when origin of probe became known.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) White House says no comment on issue; Dole later says if he'd known Attorney General instigated probe, probably wouldn't have called it political motivated, but says he'll make no apologies. Dole has press conference at White House [DOLE - talks about Carter's performance and judgment.] President meets with foreign officials during day, include USSR foreign minister Andrei Gromyko; part of meetings in campaign strategy noted.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
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