ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 13, 1978
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(Studio) Statements noted of high FBI official, already in trouble with Justice Department because of past alleged illegalities by agency, re: present illegal searches authorized by President Carter.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(NYC) New York City FBI office chief J. Wallace Laprade's proclamation of own innocence to chgs. of approving illegal break-ins and wiretaps in 1970's and his chgs. against Carter administration reported [LAPRADE - says FBI, under director of Attorney General and with Carter's authorization, now conducts warrantless investigations. Asks if, 5 years from now, these investigation techniques will be prosecuted.] Other statements by Laprade, include his impressions of Attorney General Bell, cited. [LAPRADE - feels there's effort to exert political control over FBI.] Recent indictments of former FBI director L. Patrick Gray and 2 former top aides noted.
REPORTER: James Walker
(Studio) Comment of FBI spokesperson with regard to Laprade's challenge to Bell to ntly. televised debate reported Bell's reaction to situation stated. Attorney General's statements to reporter Tim O'Brien with regard to authorized surveillance, quoted. Report on FBI Director William Webster's testimony to Senator Judiciary Committee about current FBI surveillance; film shown. [WEBSTER - states number of surveillance cases now in progress and details of how methods comply with Bell's standards.]
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds