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Johnson / FBI Post Withdrawal #491542

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 29, 1977
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(Studio) Withdrawal of Judge Frank Johnson as FBI director-designate, due to health, noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Montgomery, Alabama) Background of Johnson's decision given. His phone conversation with Attorney General Bell, from cthse. in Montgomery, noted. [Johnson's physician Dr. J.J. KIRSCHENFELD - says Johnson has developed no unusual problems but just didn't recover from surgery this summer as quickly as planned.] [JOHNSON - will remain on bench.]
REPORTER: Bob Jimenez

(DC) Attorney General's statements with regard to Johnson withdrawal and plans to find replacement reported [BELL - cites plans for getting new nominee.] Bell's request to present FBI director Clarence Kelley to stay in post till new nominee found and Kelley's response noted.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

(Studio) History of FBI outlined, problems with illegal acts and present morale difficulties mentioned.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Report on requirements and feelings behind search for new FBI director Dirs. J. Edgar Hoover and Clarence Kelley and acting dirs. Patrick Gray and William Ruckelshaus mentioned; FBI's national headquarters, J. Edgar Hoover Building, noted. FBI insiders reported as really wanting Johnson as director
REPORTER: Tom Pettit

(Studio) Bell's comment with regard to making new nomination by January return of Congress cited.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Jimenez, Bob;
Pettit, Tom;
Stern, Carl

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