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President and Watergate / Congressional Reaction #33130

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 08, 1974
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(Studio) Future President' accountability to Watergate actions discussed.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Congress talks of whether President should be immune from further prosecution. Senator Mike Mansfield sees const. problems in trying to legislature amnesty. Sen Edward Brooke intros. sense of Congress resolution to protect President from prosecution. [BROOKE - says wants full confession from President] He'll withdraw resolution if President doesn't. [MANSFIELD - says separation of powers question involved. It's matter for Justice Department, Attorney General, and Jaworski to decide.] Brooke may leave resolution hanging until he sees what President says as witness in Watergate trials, if called.

(DC) House wants no immunity, but no impeachment either. [Spkr House Carl ALBERT - says Congress has nothing to do with immunity. If he resigns, impeachment shouldn't occur.] Some representatives say he should still be impeached. Representative Peter Rodino says removing unfit President will be fulfilled with his resignation. House Republican leader John Rhodes asks how many times must a man be killed.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Clark, Bob;
Donaldson, Sam;
Reasoner, Harry

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