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Now a postscript to the life of our late colleague Daniel Schorr. Dan died in July at the age of 93. He left behind a wife, two children and a distinguished career in journalism that spanned more than 70 years. He also left behind a 299-page FBI file, which was released today. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports.
SONARI GLINTON: Daniel Schorr took pride in landing on President Richard Nixon's enemies list and being investigated by the FBI.
Ms. LISBETH SCHORR: But I also think it was mixed with some apprehension.
GLINTON: Lisbeth Schorr is Daniel Schorr's widow.
Ms. SCHORR: The fact that we lived very, very clean lives was really nice. But it still makes you a little uncomfortable not to know what is going to happen as a result of a federal government that was sort of out of control at that point.
GLINTON: Schorr's FBI file began long before the Nixon administration. It starts on July 31, 1942, with a memo from none other FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover just asks for any information about Schorr, and there's only a paltry eight pages worth for nearly 30 years. It follows Schorr career as a correspondent for CBS news overseas and in Washington.
The file gets interesting in August 1971, when Hoover, still running the FBI wrote this: Quote, "The president has requested extremely expedited investigation of Schorr, who is being considered for presidential appointment, position not stated."
Schorr told NPR's Robert Siegel that he found it very unlikely that a he was going to get a job in the Nixon White House.
DANIEL SCHORR: I said, who me? I said it can't be. I dont know of any job thats anybody is considering for me in the Nixon White House.
GLINTON: According Schorr, the idea of a job was just a ruse to cover up the administration's attempt to find dirt on him. And you can see it there in the documents. Only a few days after the investigation came this short cable: Quote, "Discontinue investigation immediately."
The investigation which unfolds in the file in a somewhat bumbling fashion ultimately led to Schorr's place in history, in the Nixon impeachment.
SCHORR: When the Bill of Impeachment was drawn up, count two was abuse of governmental power, and under that was the unwarranted investigation of Daniel Schorr, CBS correspondent.
GLINTON: The file doesn't end at Watergate or Nixon's resignation. It keeps going until 1976, when Schorr sued to get the file. Sonari Glinton, NPR News Washington.