ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 28, 1976
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(Studio) Cnsl. for Justice Department and House committee battle with regard to wiretaps before fed. Judge Oliver Gasch.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) President Ford has asked Justice Department for record number of secret wiretaps: 141 in 1975 and 58 in 1st 6 mos. of 1976. House Oversight Committee refused wire-tap information because of temporary injunction issued after Ford invoked executive privilege. Assistant Attorney General Rex Lee says injunction should be made permanent; his reasons noted. [Committee cnsl. Michael LEMOV - says information won't be leaked from committee ] Lemov asks Gasch why Congress can't see information when American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) workers saw it. Chairperson Oversight Committee, John Moss, says Ford is invoking imperial privilege. Gasch has 3 days to decide.
REPORTER: Frank Tomlinson Artist: Freda Reiter
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