NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 10, 1972
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(Studio) Mrs. Dita Beard, ailing ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) lobbyist, denies government gave ITT favorable treatment in antitrust suit In return for $400,000 pledge to Republican party Statement contradicts her earlier memo which links settlement with pledge. She now says President Nixon's name was never mentioned, and Senate hearing is absurd circus.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Columnist Jack Anderson renews attack that former Attorney General John Mitchell helped engineer a deal. [ANDERSON - says Mitchell has been acting as campaign manager and obviously knew of arrangements for Republican ntl. conv.] In hearing, Anderson says Mitchell would perjure himself if he says he had no knowledge of deal. Senator Roman Hruska calls Anderson irresponsible. Senator Marlow Cook charges Democrat political maneuvering Senator Edward Kennedy angers Hruska, who leaves. [Senator Philip HART - says public will believe something was wrong, and weakens confidence in integrity of government]
REPORTER: Paul Duke Artist: Stephen Cohen
(Studio) Mitchell and ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) President Harold Geneen will testify next week