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18-Min. Gap / White House Tape / FBI Probe / Reaction #28203

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 17, 1974
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(Studio) At request of special prosecutor Leon Jaworski, FBI to investigate 18-min. erasure on White House tape.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Atlanta, Georgia) [Attorney General William SAXBE - thinks FBI probe into matter will be effective.] Questioned about probe leading to President [SAXBE - says President has all rights and immunities of ordinary citizen plus unsettled question of President immunity.]
REPORTER: Bill Wordham

(DC) According to President spokesperson Gerald Warren, White House to cooperate with FBI probe. Internal investigation of 18-min. gap won't continue. Missing conversation involved former Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman and President Haldeman still carries weight at White House
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(DC) Judge John Sirica conts. investigation into tape mystery. Tomorrow, President' lawyers to cross-examine electronics experts. Prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste conts. to comb Secret Service files for any clues to 18 minute gap; findings outlined. Judge Sirica allegedly decides to send case to grand jury.
REPORTER: David Schoumacher

(Studio) Vice President Gerald Ford says technical experts' report not sufficient grounds for impeachment of President
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Jarriel, Tom;
Reasoner, Harry;
Schoumacher, David;
Smith, Howard K.;
Wordham, Bill

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