CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 01, 1977
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(Studio) Criticism with regard to Carter administration plea-bargaining deal with former CIA dir. Richard Helms and Attorney General Bell's press conference noted. Comparisons to Watergate deals cited.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Report on Bell's defense of administration action in Helms case. [BELL - cites possible problems that could have arisen had case gone to trial.] Possible sentence for Helms, if perjury conviction had been reached, and government's recommended suspended sentence under circumstances cited. [BELL - speaks of effect of case on potential congress testimony.] Helms' career in CIA, problems with Justice Department and those encountered by government in trying to enforce laws against CIA director described. (Films shown.) Helms' supporters' reported comments of revelations he'd make if brought to trial, incl. possibility of Henry Kissinger's part in Chile affair, noted. [Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Frank CHURCH - cites belief that Helms would have testified in trial about activities of top officials in government at time of Chile affair.] [HELMS - refuses comment.] Federal Judge Barrington D. Parker expected to make ruling in case in few days.
REPORTER: Fred Graham