CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 20, 1977
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(Studio) Former special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski agrees to take charge of House probe of South Korea influence scandal.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Jaworski agrees to job after House leaders' assurances of independence in probe. [JAWORSKI - says conclusions with regard to guilt or innocence of people allegedly involved shouldn't be rushed, but should be brought out and solved, so public can again have faith in Congress] [Representative John FLYNT - talks to Jaworski on phone, as Jaworski accepts job.] Flynt gathers press to listen to telephone call. Ethics Committee chairperson says Jaworski was his 1st choice and was upset with House leaders for interfering in matter. Speaker Tip O'Neill had called Jaworski to guarantee him free hand in probe. [FLYNT - notes he offered Jaworski position, and calls from House leaders were to show support for his decision as Ethics Committee chairperson] Committee reported to have votes to confirm Jaworski, but 1 Republican questions credentials. [Representative Bruce CAPUTO - notes Jaworski's reluctance to indict corrupt persons, who were part of political insts., during Watergate; cites concern.] Jaworski to begin full time in August; will serve without pay.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl (KHOU-TV, Houston Interview)