ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 30, 1973
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(Studio) William Ruckelshaus resigns as Environmental Protection Agency chief to take over post formerly held by L. Pat. Gray, acting FBI chief. Judge Matthew Byrne, Pentagon Papers judge, may be nomination for permanent chief.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Los Angeles, California) Judge Matthew Byrne discloses that he met very briefly with Nixon some time ago and was offered federal job by aide John Ehrlichman. Byrne said he told Ehrlichman he could not consider federal offer while serving as Pentagon papers judge. Defense attorney Leonard Weinglass says meeting was unethical, another example of White House involvement in Pentagon Papers trial. Defense attorney Leonard Boudin asks that Pat. Gray, John Mitchell and others involved in Watergate come to court to tell what they know about spying on defendants of Pentagon Papers trial. [WEINGLASS - says has information Judge Byrne picked up at court in Secret Service car and taken to San Clemente for meeting with Nixon. Was wrong for Byrne to go, even if he didn't know what Ehrlichman was going to propose.] Weinglass says at time of meeting Ehrlichman knew government was giving Judge Byrne info. about case prosecution thought should be kept secret.
REPORTER: Dick Shoemaker Artist: Bill Lignante
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