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NBC Evening News for Friday, Nov 16, 1973
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(Studio) President holds meeting with Republican Congmen. today. Another version of firing special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox begins to circulate. Paul Duke learns Cox first accepted plan for screening White House tapes then changed his mind.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Congmen. meeting with President say Nixon left impression Cox ready to compromise before firing. Cox denies such agreement. [Representative Chas. WHALEN - states President' explanation of Cox firing during today's breakfast with Republican Congmen.] Whalen asked about implications. [WHALEN - believes Cox ready to accept compromise till Senator John Stennis interjected in compromise.] Former Attorney General Elliot Richardson says Cox always opposed plan for 1 person to hear tapes. Cox agrees with Richardson.

(Studio) White House refuses comment on story. President in Congress briefings contradicts sworn testimony by former Attorney General John Mitchell and later campaign manager with regard to ITT. Details outlined. Mitchell testimony reviewed. However, President' briefings have helped image with Republicans
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Counteroffensive successful. Many Republicans believe President intends to disclose all facts and clear his name with regard to Watergate.
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker

(White House) Presidentmust provide hard evidence of innocence to regain confidence of American people.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Studio) NBC to televise President' appearance before newspaper editors in Florida.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brokaw, Tom;
Chancellor, John;
Duke, Paul;
Kiker, Douglas

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