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NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 16, 1974
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(Studio) From House Judiciary Committee sources, press learns President threatened DC "Post" after continued coverage of Watergate affair. Committee heard tapes in closed session; story leaked to press. President cnsl. James Saint Clair demands open hearings.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Capitol Hill) Portion of September 15, `72, conversation omitted from transcripts; White House explanation given. [ST. CLAIR - doesn't think rule of confidentiality can be enforced.] [Representative Ed MEZVINSKY - thinks open sessions necessary.] [Representative William COHEN believes hearings, should remain closed.] Committee chairperson Peter Rodino probably will keep hearings closed.
REPORTER: Ray Scherer

(White House) White House spokesperson insists portion of tape was deleted from transcripts because Watergate not involved. [Former chrm of FCC, Dean BURCH - insists President never contacted Federal Communications Commission with regard to "Post".]
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Brokaw, Tom;
Chancellor, John;
Scherer, Ray

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