NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 03, 1972
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(Studio) ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) subsidiary, Sheraton Hotels, pledged $400,000 to Republican national convention at time Justice Department settled antitrust action favorable to ITT. This has held up confirmation of Richard Kleindienst as Attorney General as he was number 2 man at time. Kleindienst says he knew about settlement, but not contribution.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Senator Judiciary Committee hears testimony of Kleindienst and Richard McLaren, former head of antitrust division Senators Hugh Scott and Edward Gurney praise Kleindienst. Responding to Senator Edward Kennedy's question Kleindienst and McLaren say they learned of contribution last December Kennedy produces letter written in September by Ralph Nader associate to Kleindienst inquiring into connection between settlement and contribution. McLaren had answered negatively. [NADER - says communication lacking if someone in Justice Department didn't know of contribution.] [KENNEDY - says letter shows Kleindienst was aware of contribution.] [Senator Hugh SCOTT - says Democrats make political issue of situation.] Committee Chairperson James Eastland postpones hearings until Tuesday Attorney General Mitchell expected to testify them.
REPORTER: Paul Duke Artist: Van Beverly
(Studio) ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) disappointed hearings recessed before innuendos discredited. FBI searches for ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) lobbyist who wrote memo exposing affair. California Lieutenant Governor, Ed Reinecke, says Attorney,. General Mitchell knew about contribution, but Mitchell, who is now Nixon's campaign manager, says he knows nothing about financing of Republican convention in San Diego, California. Reinecke corrects statement. Reinecke says Republicans shouldn't take ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) money.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Sacramento, California) [REINECKE - says money would be legitimate, but Republicans should refuse it to prevent questioning of motives. Denounces columnist Jack Anderson for having made issue of it.]
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