NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 23, 1973
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(Studio) President's decision to surrender tapes diminishes talk of impeachment proceedings in Congress Some liberal Senators still hope to name independent Watergate prosecutor directly under Judge John Sirica.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Mood grim in House Representative Jerome Waldie intros. 1st impeachment resolution followed by others. House Speaker Carl Albert calls for restraint in impeachment proceedings. Albert recommends quicker confirmation for Vice President designate Gerald Ford. Then news of President yielding tapes to courts leaves House stunned. [WALDIE - believes impeachment inquiry should continue.] [Representative John RHODES - thinks impeachment now out of picture.]
REPORTER: Ray Scherer
(Capitol Hill) White House saw impeachment talk in Congress serious and tape compromise fall apart; decided reversal to be best move. [Senator Birch BAYH - believes Congress must appointed independent Watergate prosecutor.] [Senator Lowell WEICKER - believes Archibald Cox, Elliot Richardson and William Ruckelshaus should all be reinstated or create new independent prosecutor.] Nixon's problems not over. Watergate committee has new evidence pointing to financial wheeling and dealing. To lead to broader inquiry.
REPORTER: Paul Duke
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