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Special (Senate Ethics Committee) #486500

NBC Evening News for Monday, Nov 08, 1976
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(Studio) Comment of President Harry Truman with regard to congress code of ethics noted. Finally, under pressure, Senator Ethics Committee set up, followed by years of inactivity; example noted of request for investigation with regard to Pennsylvania Senator Hugh Scott and oil money, which was never done.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Report on formation of Senator Ethics Committee and subsequent inactivity. Original chairperson was Senator John Stennis. (File film shown.) In 1st 12 years committee has taken action against only 1 Senator, Connecticut's Thomas Dodd; details noted. Secrecy of committee 's mtgs. and actions noted; such secrecy is against Senator rules in most cases. NBC News researcher Diantha Johnson tried to attend September meeting of committee but wasn't allowed in. [JOHNSON - describes events when attempt made to attend meeting; says Senator Carl Curtis refused her admittance.] Other details with regard to functioning of committee noted. Present members of committee are Chairperson Howard Cannon and Senators Herman Talmadge, Carl Curtis, Edward Brooke, Milton Young and John Stennis; all refused to talk in general with regard to committee Also refusing to discuss committee functionings were acting Senate majority leader Robert Byrd, minority leader Senator Hugh Scott and majority whip Robert Griffin. Off the record, Senators will say if committee does little or nothing it's because Senators want it that way.
REPORTER: Linda Ellerbee

Brinkley, David;
Ellerbee, Linda

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