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Middle East Trip / Kissinger Threatens Resignation #31837

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 11, 1974
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(Studio) President unable to leave domestic problems behind. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger calls press conference in Salzburg, Austria, and insists he'll resign unless controversy over his role in national security wiretapping resolved.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Salzburg, Austria) [KISSINGER - intends to resign unless implications and innuendos, with regard to his role, stop. Insists wiretaps used to stop national security leaks. Demands name be cleared. Knew nothing about plumber's unit or Ellsberg's psychiatrist's burglary.] Kissinger to continue with President to Mid. E. but if committee of Congress wants him to testify about wiretaps, he'll comply. Kissinger doesn't think President should resign.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Studio) House Judiciary Committee reacts to Kissinger's remarks.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Capitol Hill) [Representative Lawrence HOGAN - thinks effort should be made to stop leaks from committee Doesn't think leaks intended to smear Kissinger.] [Representative Joshua EILBERG - believes Kissinger or Alexander Haig initiated wiretaps.] [Representative Don. EDWARDS - refutes Eilberg's allegation.] Committee has seen memo from late J. Edgar Hoover on subject. Representative John Seiberling recalls memo; details given.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) President' spokesperson says Kissinger's honor needs no defense Vice President Gerald Ford strongly defends Kissinger.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) [FORD - insists accusations against Kissinger must stop; action undercuts peacemaking achievements of US.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Capitol Hill) Senator George Aiken reacts to Kissinger's remarks. [Senator Edmund MUSKIE - urges Kissinger not to resign.] [Senator Jacob JAVITS - thinks resignation would be disservice to nation and world peace.] [Senator Hubert HUMPHREY urges Kissinger to bear up under pressure.] Senate Foreign Relations review wiretap controversy.

Clark, Bob;
Donaldson, Sam;
Jarriel, Tom;
Reasoner, Harry;
Smith, Howard K.

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