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Kelley / FBI Agents' Prosecution #251684

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 27, 1977
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(Studio) In Senate hearing, FBI director Clarence Kelley says it's unfair to prosecute FBI agents, like former agent John Kearney, because of illegal techniques in past.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Kelley says Kearney prosecution dampens FBI morale, as agents now afraid that, in Post-Watergate era, they'll be indicted for activities performed under orders, believing them to be in best interests of nation [KELLEY - says this doesn't mean he believes activities legal, but that they were done under pressure and in heat of times.] [Senator Lowell WEICKER - says acts done with superiors' approval.] [WEICKER - says nation dropped that theory at Nuremburg.] Kelley denies asking Attorney General Griffin Bell to drop case against Kearney, but had asked for review, because Bell ruled against prosecuting CIA agents for illegal mail opening.

Cronkite, Walter;
McManus, Jim

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