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Nixon / Interviews / Vietnam Era / Vietnam Aid Pledge #252092

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 19, 1977
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(Studio) Richard Nixon's 3rd interview with David Frost to be shown tonight. Nixon says, in effect, sometimes President is above law.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Nixon's statements, with regard to Vietnam war, antiwar protesters, lack of invitation from John Kennedy and wife to White House and paranoia in White House, noted. (Excerpt from interview, selected and provided by Frost, shown.) [NIXON - cites reactions of self and Henry Kissinger to leaks re: Cambodia; says paranoia for peace isn't bad. Says effect of antiwar protests prolonged war by 1 or 2 years Didn't want to discredit Dan. Ellsberg as individual, but did want to discredit that kind of activity.] Nixon maintains he's not guilty of wrongdoing.
REPORTER: Fred Graham

(Studio) State Department releases 1973 Nixon promise of aid to North Vietnam, but Nixon now says promise no longer valid due to violations by Hanoi government
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Nixon administration said bombing raids against Hanoi-Haiphong area in 1972 bent North Vietnam back to negotiating table. (Films shown.) Others say North Vietnam came back because United States ready to sign agreement rejected earlier. Later, pledge of aid sent to North Vietnam; details noted. Document is released, due to letter received recently by Representative Lester Wolff, in explanation. Among other things, Nixon says due to Hanoi's violations of peace, aid would be immoral. [WOLFF - says Congress and public have been misled with regard to secret negotiations. Notes mbrship. on International Relations Committee in 1973 and says both Kissinger and predecessor William Rogers deny truth.] Wolff says he'll call Kissinger and Rogers to testify, using subpoena power, if needed.
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb

Cronkite, Walter;
Graham, Fred;
Kalb, Bernard

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