ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 09, 1977
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(Studio) Congress probing CIA and FBI in US. Attorney General Griffin Bell explains reason for investigation. One former FBI supervisor already faces criminal charges.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Former agent John Kearney arrested for directing illegal FBI mail openings and wiretaps 6 years ago at several New York addresses. April 14, 1977, film of Kearney's arraignment shown. Former Treasury Secretary William Simon helping organize defense fund for Kearney. [SIMON - says Kearney's action condoned up to highest office of presidency 6 years ago. Events occurred under different standards.] Former Supreme Court Judge Arthur Goldberg urges Attorney General Bell to continue FBI probe. [GOLDBERG - believes concept of democracy demands investigation.] [BELL - admits probe may be unfair, but he must go by law.] [Former FBI official William SULLIVAN - knows Mr. Kearney performed all duties requested and believed orders came from higher authority.] So far, Kearney refuses to name higher official that gave him orders; Bell to press matter.
REPORTER: Brit Hume
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