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Agnew Probe / Press Conference #472434

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 08, 1973
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(Studio) Vice President Spiro Agnew appears before press to deny accusations re: kickbacks from building contractors while Maryland governor
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(White House) [AGNEW - fires back that rumors and accusations are false and malicious.] [REPORTER - asks if Agnew denies all accusations completely re: weekly kickbacks from contractors.] [AGNEW - labels rumors as damned lies.] [REPORTER - asks if Agnew ever received money for personal use from contractors in Maryland or from fed'. government] [AGNEW - denies charge.] [REPORTER - questions Agnew's ethics with contractors.] [Vice President AGNEW - insists he had no dealings with contractors. Had engineering friends but had no financial transactions with them.] [REPORTER - asks if Agnew spoke with President about press conf.] [Vice President - states he and President discussed matter yesterday. Press conference was Agnew's own idea.] [REPORTER - asks if Agnew expects personal statement from President] [AGNEW - expects no such statement.] [REPORTER - asks if Agnew considered stepping down till matter cleared.] [AGNEW - denies such thoughts.] [REPORTER - queries if Agnew might step down if investigation worsens although Agnew feels he's innocent.] [VICE PRES. - expects no indictment. Refuses to comment on remote idea.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) White House reports Agnew probe doesn't change Pres,' attitude toward or confidence in Vice President
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John

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