ABC Evening News for Monday, Jun 19, 1972
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(Studio) 5 men nabbed in Democratic national headquarters, apparently "bugging" it.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) Democratic National Committee housed in Watergate apt. complex. Break-in planned well in advance. 5 suspects, armed with photographic devices, apprehended by police outside office of Democrat hdq. Tiles removed from ceiling for planting monitoring devices. 4 of 5 are Cuban ntls. living in Miami, Florida. 5th suspect is James McCord, former FBI and CIA agent recently employed as security aide by Republican National Committee, and Committee to Re-elect President Both orgs. deny knowledge of break-in plot, fire McCord. FBI and Secret Service enter investigation. 6th suspect hunted. He rented room in Watergate Hotel, near enough to monitor bugs had they been placed. Republican National Chairperson Robert Dole says Republican National Committee paid McCord associates $3,400 a month for services of 6 persons.
REPORTER: Virginia Sherwood
(New Orleans, Louisiana) [Democratic National Chairperson, Lawrence O'BRIEN - in speech, addresses John Mitchell, wherever he is listening.] Rest of speech says Nixon's trips abroad have been countered with little success at home. [O'BRIEN - understands Mitchell denies involvement with Democrat Hdqtrs. break-in, but says Mitchell's record does not support denial. Criticizes crass violation of rights by alleged law and order administration]
REPORTER: Herbert Kaplow
(Studio) Republican Party leaders deny connection with incident. Republican Party Chairperson Robert Dole says actions of 5 men were not in behalf of party Nixon campaign manager John Mitchell says there's no place in electoral process for this type of activity. President Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler calls it 3rd rate burglary attempt.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
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