NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 10, 1978
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(Studio) Indictment of former FBI chief L. Patrick Gray, on chgs. of conspiracy to violate civil rights of citizens, noted. Chgs. against Gray and 2 other former FBI officials stem from use of illegal surveillance methods against Weathermen radical group in 1972 and 1973.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Explosion at alleged bomb factory of Weathermen in New York City noted as example of violence of late 1960's and early 1970's; film shown. J. Edgar Hoover's alleged order to FBI agents to use any means to find Weathermen fugitives cited. Gray's ascension to directorship on Hoover's death in 1972 mentioned. Details given concerning indictment released today, chging. Gray and subordinates Mark Felt and Edward Miller with ordering break-ins at homes of friends and relations of Weathermen. Gray's statement and Miller's refusal to comment reported [Mark FELT - has never approached assignment with criminal intent or personal gain in mind.] [Mrs. FELT - is angry, sad and feels it's unjust.] Others named in indictment are New York field office head J. Wallace LaPrade and former New York supervisor John Kearney; Kearney's earlier indictment and dropped chgs. on Attorney General Bell's orders noted. Bell's statements on issue related, include report on investigators' questioning of former President Nixon and administration aides Mitchell, Haldeman and Ehrlichman. [BELL - was unable to place activity outside FBI.]
REPORTER: Carl Stern