United States Vice-President Spiro Agnew called a press conference in Washington on Wednesday(8 August) and declared that reports of alleged criminal acts by him -- bribery, conspiracy and tax evasion -- were "false, scurrilous and malicious".
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AGNEW: "Ladies & Gentlemen, I have a very short statement to make, following which I'll take your questions. Because of defamatory statements that are being leaked to the news media by sources that the news reports refer to as 'close to the federal investigation', I cannot adhere to my original intention to remain silent following my initial statement, a few days ago, which asserted my innocence and which indicated I would have nothing further to say until the investigation was completed. Under normal circumstances, the traditional safeguard of secrecy under such proceedings would protect the subject. But, apparently, this protection is not to be 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, scurrilous and malicious these rumours, these assertions and accusations that are being circulated and to answer your questions regarding them, and any other questions I might be able to answer concerning the general situation."
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This film is of Mr. Agnew's opening remarks at the press conference. a transcript of which follows.
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Background: United States Vice-President Spiro Agnew called a press conference in Washington on Wednesday(8 August) and declared that reports of alleged criminal acts by him -- bribery, conspiracy and tax evasion -- were "false, scurrilous and malicious".
He said he had decided to break his original policy not to speak out until after investigation by a Maryland grand jury was completed, because of "defamatory statements" being leaked to the press and widely circulated.
He said the allegations of his receiving 1,000 dollars(400) a week in kickbacks from contractors were "damned lies."
The inquiry into the former Republican administration of Mr. Agnew, who was governor of Maryland before becoming vice-president, is being conducted by the U.S. District Attorney in baltimore, Mr. George Beall.