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Rockefeller Decision / Shake-Up / Senate Committee #480585

NBC Evening News for Monday, Nov 03, 1975
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(Studio) In letter, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller withdraws as President Ford's running mate in `76 election. President holds news conference at 7:30 p.m. EST which NBC will cover live.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Rockefeller move unexpected, although conservatives were pressuring Ford to dump him. Quotes from letter shown. Rockefeller lunches with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. "Issues and Answers" show shown. [ROCKEFELLER - says President should be free to pick whomever he wants after he's nominated.] Rockefeller went out on political stump and talking conservatively. He enjoyed being Vice President and worked hard. Source says Vice President pulled out of race to help Ford. Not known if he was forced out.
REPORTER: Charles Quinn

(Studio) Defense Secretary James Schlesinger fired; to be replaced by Don. Rumsfeld. Secretary Kissinger no longer national security affairs adviser. Kissinger loyalist, Air Force Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, takes his place. CIA Director William Colby fired; replaced by head of American diplomatic mission in Peking, George Bush.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) White House says Kissinger's role in foreign affairs and national security to be reduced. His access to president will be cut from mtgs. daily to once a wk. Ford to meet once a week with Kissinger, Rumsfeld and Bush for joint mtg. on foreign policy and national security. Rptd. Ford wants his own team. Rumsfeld closely associated with Ford. Ford happy to put his own stamp on foreign policy and national security. Reporter talks to John Chancellor via screen.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Studio) White House insists Rockefeller decision unrelated to other departures. May be concession to conservatives over Schlesinger dismissal. Ford forced to take action due to news leak; he was to announce firings on Wednesday "Newsweek" had part of story.
REPORTER: John Chancellor; Tom Brokaw

(Studio) Report on Schlesinger and Colby.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(No location given) [SCHLESINGER - says focus is on need for maintaining strong national defense] Schlesinger told aides President said he was being dismissed due to friction over detente between Kissinger and Schlesinger. Kissinger declines comment. State Department says Kissinger did not inspire firing of Schlesinger and objected to it. Earlier, Kissinger said he'd quit job if he lost White House job, but recently said his influence with President depends on quality of his judgment, not number of visits. 1 administration rep. says Ford got tired of Kissinger-Schlesinger clashes. If Schlesinger was liability with Congress, Kissinger's future may be in doubt.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani

(No location given) William Colby expected ax. [COLBY - says not surprised. Have said it's fine whenever President thought intelligence business would be better off (without Colby). Some Senators suspect Colby forced out due to being too cooperative with investigators.
REPORTER: Ford Rowan

(DC) [Senator Walter HUDDLESTON - says Ford and others unhappy because Colby cooperative with congress investigations.] [Senator Frank CHURCH - says pattern to thwart committee 's work appearing. Comes badly from President who once said he'd preside over open administration] Senate Intelligence Committee rejects Ford's plea not to release CIA assassination findings. CIA sources think Colby firing means CIA will soon be over hump.
REPORTER: Ford Rowan

(Studio) Report on other reactions later.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brokaw, Tom;
Chancellor, John;
Quinn, Charles;
Rowan, Ford;
Valeriani, Richard

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