CBS Evening News for Thursday, Aug 26, 1976
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(Studio) Federal grand jury in Washington, DC begins hearings with regard to allegations that high-level FBI officials ordered illegal burglaries.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Justice Department civil rights division chief Stanley Pottinger arrives to begin inquiry. Former FBI associate director Mark Felt admits approving break-ins. [FELT - says he'll cooperate and assume responsibility. Says part of difference between him and prosecutor is whether acts are morally defensible.] Also testifying is former FBI intelligence chief Edward Miller; both men say burglaries approved by former acting FBI director L. Patrick Gray. More testimony to be heard before decision made whether to call Gray before jury. Today FBI doesn't deny story with regard to FBI Director Clarence Kelley requesting break-in permission when head of Birmingham, Alabama, FBI office in late 1950's.
REPORTER: Fred Graham
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