CBS Evening News for Friday, Nov 17, 1978
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(Studio) House Assassinations Committee hearings in role of FBI in killing of Martin Luther King, Junior, reported.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Testimony of United Nations ambassador Andrew Young, associate of King at time of his death, to committee detailed; Young's denial that committee member has given him information that committee has pinned assassination on FBI conspiracy stated. Later testimony by retired FBI agent, who was in Atlanta bureau at time of assassination, reported Arthur Murtaugh's remarks with regard to FBI violations of King's civil rights in order to carry out J. Edgar Hoover's plan to diminish King's effectiveness outlined; his comments on FBI investigation of murder given. [MURTAUGH - thinks it defies reason that people engaged in vendetta against King should investigate his death. Says this isn't to say FBI was involved in death; doesn't know about this.] Testimony of former FBI official Charles Brennan, who helped coordinate FBI surveillance of King, reported [BRENNAN - thinks it's obvious that FBI overextended self through policy of harassment. Believes that it shouldn't, in future, be FBI role to engage in such activity.] Details about committee probe of FBI role in King assassination given. Committee cnsl. Robert Blakey's report that no evidence of direct FBI conspiracy in killing has been found stated.
REPORTER: Jim McManus
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