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Justice Department and International Telephone and Telegraph #463002

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 16, 1972
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(Studio) ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) President Harold Geneen tells San. Judiciary Committee no one in ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) had anything to do with disappearance of lobbyist Dita Beard. She is in Denver hospital with heart ailment, where committee will question her Monday She wrote memo published by columnist Jack Anderson, linking settlement of ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) antitrust case with ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) pledge to Republican convention Geneen admits Mrs. Beard's files were shredded after memo published.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) VP Howard Aibel says ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) destroyed papers which could prove embarrassing if misconstrued. Senator Philip Hart asks how many documents were destroyed and Aibel says many sacks. San. Marlow Cook asks if copy of memo found, and Aibel says no. San. Edward Kennedy asks if any Mrs. Beard's personal files were destroyed, and Aibel says yes, that she was present and sanctioned decision. San. John Tunney appalled evidence so destroyed. [AIBEL - says action regrettable as it has been misconstrued, but that destruction of records was reaction to learning there was access to private mtls.] "Wall Street Journal" and "New York Times" report some ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) execs. traded company stock, profiting when settlement announced. They say this was a coincidence.
REPORTER: Paul Duke Artist: Stephen Cohen

Chancellor, John;
Duke, Paul

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