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Watergate Reform Bill / Ford Plan #44425

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jul 19, 1976
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(Studio) Admin. offers substitute for Watergate reform bill.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Senate bill would set up Justice Department division to represent Congress in disputes over congress powers. Full financial disclosures would be required of senior representatives in all 3 branches of government Bill would set up government crimes division to investigate charges against 3 branches. Special prosecutor to be apptd. whenever high administration representatives being investigated. United States Court of Appeals could appointed special prosecutor if Attorney General fails to do so. Attorney General Edward Levi says bill could lead to appointed of numerous special prosecutors at same time. Levi thinks court involvement is unconst. [FORD - says administration recommends const. method of selecting special prosecutor.] Ford plan would create president-apptd. special prosecutor with 3-yr. term and would make public integrity section of Justice Department permanent. Ford didn't want to go into full presidential campaign as opposing Watergate reform bill.

Hume, Brit;
Reasoner, Harry

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