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Fortas Resigns / Wolfson / Congress / Mitchell / Issue #445590

NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 15, 1969
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(Studio) Abe Fortas 1st Supreme Court Justice to resign under pressure. Insisted on no wrongdoing. Criticized for private financial dealings. Wolfson Foundation was to have paid Fortas $20,000 year for life and thereafter, to wife. Fortas kept 1st $20,000 for 11 mos. and returned it when Wolfson in trouble with law. Congress mostly for impeachment.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) [Senator Charles GOODELL - says Fortas could have avoided innuendo by making full disclosure.] [Senator Howard BAKER - says Court fallen from grace. Resigning better than impeachment.] [Senator Albert GORE - deplores whole episode. Attorney General John Mitchell should have made information public.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) Mitchell told Chief Justice Earl Warren information about Fortas. President Nixon denies pressuring Fortas. Fortas poor boy from Memphis, Tennessee who acquired taste for good life in DC. Lost money when took Court seat. Wife earns $100,000 in her law practice. Supreme Court supposed to stay out of ordinary business of grubbing for money.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Brinkley, David

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