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Campaign 1976 / Ford / Subpoena of Cong. Campaign Records #45373

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 21, 1976
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(Studio) Both President Ford and Jimmy Carter centers of controversy today. Ford case with regard to possible investigation into some of Ford's congress races and 2 wkends. spent golfing with friend who signs checks for United States Steel; Watergate special prosecutor office has subpoenaed records from Kent Cnty., Michigan, Republican committee Carter case with regard to reaction to interview with regard to sex and religion.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Grand Rapids, Michigan) FBI has taken nearly all financial records of Republican committee in Grand Rapids, Michigan, inclg. Ford's; records subpoenaed after Kansas City convention Watergate special prosecutor, Charles Ruff, refuses comment on probe. Republican officials in Grand Rapids don't know what's going on. [MAN - says prosecutor not free to say what he's looking for, but officials trust his judgement and want issue to be cleared up as soon as possible.] Ford's support in congress campaigns by 2 maritime unions noted; campaign contribution records of Marine Engineers Beneficial Association subpoenaed. All records were inspected by FBI and others before Ford became Vice President in 1973.
REPORTER: Ron Miller

(Studio) White House reaction is there's no evidence that President is target and if so, he's been checked before.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Spokesperson Ron Nessen says no suggestion Ford's involved and no plans from White House to contact special prosecutor's office. Investigations during confirmation hearings in House and Senator when Ford nominated for Vice President in 1973 noted; scenes of hearings shown. Problem for Ford is cloud of suspicion raised, but with no particulars, 2 days before 1st debate.
REPORTER:. Charles Gibson

Miller, Ron;
Reasoner, Harry

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