NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 15, 1972
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(Studio) Senator Judiciary Committee to send subcommittee of 6 to Denver Monday to question Mrs. Dita Beard, ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) lobbyist, in hospital with heart trouble. She wrote memo, published by columnist Jack Anderson, implying former Attorney General John Mitchell influenced settlement of ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) antitrust case for pledge to help finance Republican national convention Mitchell testifies, followed by ITT President Harold Geneen, at committee hearings.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Geneen acknowledges ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) pledge to convention but denies ever having seen Mrs. Beard's memo. Mitchell denies knowledge of ITT's convention help and denies having discussed matter with California Lieutenant Governor Edward Reinecke. Senator John Tunney disputes this saying Reinecke told him he did discuss pledge with Mitchell. Senator Marlow Cook attacks press coverage of hearing. [MITCHELL - calls for San. confirmation of Richard Kleindienst as attorney general Says distorted version of hearings has been made public.]
REPORTER: Paul Duke