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Illegal Surveillance / FBI Former Officials / FBI Charter / Senate Bill #498431

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 20, 1978
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(Studio) FBI present and former agents' demonstration in Washington, DC on occasion of arraignment of former director L. Patrick Gray and 2 aides on chgs. of allowing illegal surveillance noted. Gray's directorship of FBI after J. Edgar Hoover death mentioned. Agents' assembly in protest of government prosecution of Gray and others detailed.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Details of agents' demonstrations given; chgs. against Gray and former top FBI officials Mark Felt and Edward Miller, in pursuit of radical Weathermen group, outlined. [Agent Patrick CONNOR - tells defense that each person in FBI stands behind them.] Court proceedings before Judge Chas. Richey detailed. Refusal by Gray and Miller to comment to reporters noted. [FELT - states pleasure of self and wife at agents' demonstration.] Possibility that Richard Nixon and other high officials of time will be called to testify in case mentioned; trial compared to those concerning Watergate.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

(Studio) Justice Department officials' request to Congress for bill to prevent this situation from recurring reported.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(DC) Testimony of Attorney General Griffin Bell and FBI director William Webster to Senator Judiciary Committee, in favor of new FBI congress charter to define duties and authority of agency, detailed. Present lack of such charter and items by which FBI is guided, include legacy of days of J. Edgar Hoover, outlined. [Senator Edward KENNEDY - asks if procedures were more clearly defined, would situation such as present one involving indictment of former top officials be avoided.] [BELL - says yes.] [WEBSTER - says Bureau needs charter to give agents confidence that they're abiding by law.] Bell's plans to submit charter draft to committee noted.
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker

(Studio) Senator approval of bill making electronic surveillance without court order illegal reported House approval now needed.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

Chancellor, John;
Kiker, Douglas;
Savitch, Jessica;
Stern, Carl

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