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Justice Department-International Telephone and Telegraph #463022

NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 17, 1972
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(Studio) ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) lobbyist Dita Beard, now in Denver hospital, distributes affidavit calling memo she allegedly wrote, a forgery and a hoax. Memo published by columnist Jack Anderson February 29 outlines relationship between ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) contribution to Republican convention and settlement of ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) antitrust suit by Justice Department affidavit read by Senator Hugh Scott.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) [This item on busing inserted by mistake.] President Nixon's equal opportunities program criticized as not much different from present one. [NEA Executive Committee, Mrs. Roberta HICKMAN - says new proposal won't help batter the poor schools, much less make them equal to wall-financed ones.] Failure of old school rehabilitation programs cited.
REPORTER: Ron Nessen

(Studio) Mistaken placement of above item noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) [Senator Hugh SCOTT - reads Mrs. Beard's statement which affirms her having written a memo on plans for Republican convention to Bill Merriam, but says it was not memo published by Anderson, which she calls a forgery with false assertions on antitrust settlement and former Attorney General John Mitchell. Expresses eagerness to testify before Senator Judiciary Committee] Investigation seems far from over as Mrs. Beard's statement raises new questions.

(Studio) Senator Edward Kennedy says if ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) execs. knew memo wasn't authentic, their silence has hurt reputation of Richard Kleindienst, whose confirmation as attorney general has bean held up because of investigation. Anderson questions why Mrs. Beard waited so long to deny memo. Says she went over memo with him and never indicated than it wasn't authentic. Anderson says Mrs. Beard is at economy mercy of ITT.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Duke, Paul;
Nessen, Ron

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