NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 18, 1974
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(Studio) Judge John Sirica to send secret grand jury report to House Judiciary Committee for use in its impeachment probe. Sirica delays turning over report for 2 days so lawyers can appeal decision. Judge describes grand jury report
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Report concerns President' role in Watergate, not Watergate defendants. [Attorney for H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, Frank STRICKLER - insists their appeal of Judge Sirica's ruling has nothing to do with President] [SIRICA - believes Watergate defendants can get fair trial in DC.]
REPORTER: Carl Stern
(Studio) White House and House Judiciary Committee await Sirica's ruling anxiously.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Capitol Hill) [Representative Edward HUTCHINSON - thinks report meant for committee and it should receive it. An appeal shouldn't delay impeachment probe very long.] [Committee chairperson Peter RODINO - says impeachment probe can't conclude on time if delays continue.] Judiciary Committee hopes for speedy action with regard to grand jury report
REPORTER: Ray Scherer
(White House) President' attorney James Saint Clair insists White House has no objections to Sirica turning over report to House Judiciary Committee President unlikely to change positions on sending more White House evidence to House Judiciary Committee as requested. [In Chicago last week, PRES. - insists he won't jeopardize office by allowing any and all documents to be turned over to committee ] In Nashville, Tennessee, over wkend. President put away problems of DC and left an impression of confidence and ease at ceremonies for opening of new facilities for Grand Ole Opry.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
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