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Cabinet Shake-Up #505268

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 19, 1979
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(Studio) Latest developments in admin of President Carter referred to as "Thursday Afternoon Massacre." Firing of Michael Blumenthal and Joseph Califano, to be replaced by G. William Miller and Patricia Harris, respectively, reported; resignation of Attorney General Griffin Bell and recommendation of Ben. Civiletti as replacement noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) [BLUMENTHAL - says he took advantage of opportunity to get paroled.] Blumenthal rptdly. fell from favor with White House staff when he investigated affairs of Bert Lance 2 years ago; political advantage to administration of Miller's willingness to accept post outlined. [MILLER - discusses econ.] Pre-White House relationship of Miller and Blumenthal recalled
REPORTER: Irving R. Levine

(DC) Califano's reaction to firing cited. [CALIFANO - says he fulfilled responsibility; discusses reasons for firing.] Carter allegedly told Califano problems lie in relationship with Press Secretary Jody Powell, Frank Moore, Hamilton Jordan. Califano quoted with regard to who's running White House [Patricia HARRIS - comments on "team work."] Califano quoted with regard to Carter's renomination; Senator Edward Kennedy mentioned.
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson

(DC) Resignation attempts in recent mos. by Griffin Bell recalled; juxtaposition of Bell's resignation and firings of other 2 cabinet mbrs. today considered. [BELL - says there's nothing dramatic about his leaving.] [Benjamin CIVILETTI - responds to question with regard to authority of Hamilton Jordan in Justice Department]
REPORTER: Ford Rowan

(Studio) Trans. Secretary Brock Adams quoted with regard to staying in cabinet; rumors of his imminent departure noted. Conditions for staying set forth by Adams listed; Hamilton Jordan mentioned. Blumenthal and Califano said fired because of relationship with White House staff.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Jamieson, Bob;
Levine, Irving R.;
Rowan, Ford

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