U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew said last night (August 8, 1973) that reports of alleged?
Vice-President Agnew speaks to Press about bribery investigation (5 shots)
THE FOLLOWING IS A TRANSCRIPTION OF PART OF MR. AGNEW'S BRIEF STATEMENT AND HIS ANSWERS TO NEWSMEN'S QUESTIONS.
AGNEW: Under normal circumstances, the traditional safeguard of secrecy under such proceeding would protect the subject. But apparently this protection is not extended to the Vice President of the United States. Well I have no intention to be skewered in this fashion. And since I have no intention to be so skewered, I called this press conference to label as false and scurrilous and malicious theses rumours, these assertions and accusations that are being circulated, and to answer your questions regarding them.
QUESTION: Are you denying outright the public charges that you received a thousand dollars a week in kick-backs?
AGNEW: I am denying them outright and I am labelling them -- and I think a person in my position at a time like this might be permitted to a departure from normal language -- as damned lies.
QUESTION: Would you expect Mr. Nixon to make a personal statement of confidence in you?
AGNEW: I have no expectation of such a statement; I would not solicit such a statement. I am certain from my conversation with the President, in which he did express confidence in me, directly to me, that that's all I need.
QUESTION: Mr. Vice President, have you ever received money for your personal use from any person contact or company doing business with the State of Maryland, or with the Federal Government ?
AGNEW: Absolutely not.
QUESTION: Mr. Vice President, if the investigation should progress and get more consider stepping down, just to protect public confidence ?
AGNEW: Let me say right now, I have no expectation of being indicted and I am not going to face any kind of contingence thinking in that respect at this time.
QUESTION: Do these charges that you call "damned lies" make you more or less .....(indistinct)....in the running for the Presidency in 1976?
AGNEW: Well, as you can all imagine, this is a singularly distressing situation for any public official to find himself in, regardless of how scurrilous and inaccurate such charges may be and I've never enjoyed - I suppose - any kind of assault upon my integrity. I'm not really thinking about that right now; I'm thinking about affirming my having my innocence affirmed in these matters.
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Background: U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew said last night (August 8, 1973) that reports of alleged criminal violations on his part were "scurrilous, malicious and false". He told a Washington press conference, "I have no intention of being skewered in this fashion".
Mr. Agnew was responding to the disclosure earlier this week that he was under a Federal investigation being held to determine if he has violated bribery, conspiracy and tax laws. "I have nothing to hide," he stated.