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Pol. Maneuver / Morgenthau Post / Furor #443746

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 17, 1969
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(Studio) President Nixon fires New York Federal Attorney, Robert M. Morgenthau, and replaces him with ex-Republican state Senator Whitney North Seymour. Morgenthau called foremost United States prosecutor of underworld crime.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(NYC) [MORGENTHAU - says stayed on after Nixon administration came in due to belief in duty to finish cases. Cites cases he and staff are working on. Didn't want to abdicate public responsibility. Don't know what led to decision to fire me. To give Attorney General's. request consideration.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) Morgenthau may not allow himself to be fired. New York Republican Senators Jacob Javits and Charles Goodell oppose his removal and may hold up his replacement in Senate Rptdly. Morgenthau wanted to finish case against Attorney and financier, Roy Cohn.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(DC) After new administration came in, all Federal Attys. handed in expected resignations, except Morgenthau. In June, he said he'd leave when Cohn case was over. Case over, Morgenthau still refuses to quit, and so fired. Justice Department calls him abrasive. Department Criminal Div. Chief, Will Wilson, says Morgenthau could have stayed if HHH had won. 80 of 93 Fed. Attys. replaced. New York City Mayor John Lindsay says firing may hurt war on crime.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

Huntley, Chet;
Stern, Carl

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