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Fortas Issue / Congressional Reaction / Nixon #5543

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 07, 1969
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(Studio) New developments may cause Congress to force Justice Fortas to resign or be impeached.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Threat of impeachment used to force Fortas from Supreme Court [Representative Robert TAFT - calls it possibility.] [Senator Robert GRIFFIN - says more information might come down.] Fortas under fire for accepting and later returning $20,000 from Wolfson Foundation. If he doesn't resign, impeachment serious prospect. As of now, Fortas has no intention of resigning. Griffin and Taft propose new law requiring Federal judges to report outside income.

(DC) White House has "hands off" policy, but President Nixon active and concerned. Nixon approves financial disclosures bill. President feels Supreme Court ethics must be above question. Until Fortas explains, Nixon will support Republican action on issue.

(Studio) Fortas cancelled $2,000 fee he was to have gotten from Northeastern U. in Boston. Will speak for traveling expenses only.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Clark, Bob;
Gill, Bill;
Reynolds, Frank

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