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CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 20, 1976
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(Studio) Attorney General Edward Levi denies request by several congress Democrats for investigation into whether President Ford was encouraged by White House to block congress investigation of Watergate in 1972. Levi says no credible evidence, new or old, to warrant it; Watergate special prosecutor had come to same conclusion earlier. This was one of subjects of Ford news conference held today.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Ford has to enter through opening behind podium due to trouble with doorknob. [FORD - says reporters can't blame it on him.] Ford denies John Dean's statement with regard to Nixon administration urging Ford to block early investigation of Watergate by House Banking Committee [FORD - says he didn't block investigation and under circumstances as he knew it then, he'd do same thing.] Ford denies report he's to pardon any of former White House aides convicted of Watergate crimes. President talks with regard to statement of Chairperson Joint Chiefs of Staff General George Brown with regard to Israel as military burden to US; says during Yom Kippur war when NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) supplies diverted there Israel was burden to US, but is no longer so. [FORD - says Israel's needs in crisis could be said to be burden.] President reacts to Jimmy Carter's statement that Democratic administration could stop Arab boycott of Israel; says 4 presidents couldn't do it, but he's taking steps. [FORD - says Carter's allegation is ridiculous.] News conference came as surprise, but Ford says he wanted to be available.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Seeming contradiction in 2 separate Ford remarks with regard to Arab boycott and attitudes of Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Schieffer, Bob

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