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Bell / FBI Illegal Activities #493604

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 17, 1977
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(Studio) Attorney General Griffin Bell says leaks to press, with regard to Justice Department probe of FBI illegal activities, should stop. FBI may have done such activities at strong suggestion of John Mitchell, then attorney general, and White House
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Is learned that assistant attorney general Benjamin Civiletti flew to New Hampshire on Monday to talk with former number 3 man in FBI, William Sullivan. Later, Sullivan indicates he told Civiletti about pressures from White House that led to setting up wiretaps and mail surveillance, circumventing contrary orders by J. Edgar Hoover. Sullivan describes concern of Mitchell re: anti-government protests. New information could lead to Justice Department reevaluation of prosecuting such cases.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

Brinkley, David;
Stern, Carl

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