NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 21, 1976
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(Studio) Watergate special prosecutor has subpoenaed Republican party campaign finance records of President Ford's home county in Michigan. Kent Cnty. officials confirm "Wall Street Journal" story. Justice Department says campaign contribution records of Marine Engineers Beneficial Assoc. have been subpoenaed; union gave Ford contribution in 1972 congress campaign.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Question is whether Ford or union being investigated; answer appears to be both. Points of investigation noted. Special prosecutor's office unlikely to have answer before election day.
REPORTER: Carl Stern
(Studio) White House says investigation not to do with President; spokesperson note investigation of Ford on Vice President nomination. Spokesperson in Grand Rapids, Michigan, say they don't know anything either.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Grand Rapids, Michigan) Subpoena named all records, not only Ford's; all turned over to FBI. Subpoena dated day after Ford nominated for President in Kansas City, Missouri, so Republican officials here feel President is reason for investigation. [MAN - says timing and political implications obvious; says cmtes. here and world deserve to know why.] Ford's Democrat opponent in last 2 races says to her knowledge he did nothing wrong. [Jean McKEE - says she's had no indication of wrongdoing in fund raising or spending with Ford or organization] Ford's friends here say they hope investigation will be concluded and results known before election.
REPORTER: Mike Jackson