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CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 27, 1976
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(Studio) Watergate prosecutor probes contributions maybe involving Ford while in Congress
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Prosecutor appears seeking something unknown to Congmen. who investigated Ford during Vice President confirmation proceedings. 1973 film shown. Findings of House Judiciary Committee noted. FBI may be seeking something else. Improper handling of funds from Maritime Unions seems to be the issue. Michigan Republicans deny wrong-doing. FBI does not take records at face value, however. Laundering of money suspected.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

(DC) Criminal investigations of both Ford and Robert Dole cited. Dole questioned with regard to Gulf Oil Company illegal slush fund. Film of 1976 Republican conv. shown. Charles Ruff is Watergate prosecutor. Leon Jaworski questions timing of probe. [JAWORSKI - would not conduct such a probe at this time.] Jaworski quoted with regard to Ruff and his certainty politics not involved.
REPORTER: Fred Graham

(Studio) Dole not so sure pols. not involved.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Rock Island, Illinois) Dole campaigns in Illinois. Re: pols. involvement in investigation. [DOLE - says investigation one-sided.] Reporters question further. [DOLE - notes coincidence of timing.] Re: biased investigation. [DOLE - says "we'll see."] Dole visits Augustana College. Dole to campaign 2 days each in Ohio and Illinois.
REPORTER: Eric Engberg

Cronkite, Walter;
Engberg, Eric;
Graham, Fred;
Schakne, Robert

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