ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 20, 1972
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(Studio) The name of White House consultant implicated in apparent attempt to bug or burglarize offices of Democratic National Committee, Howard E. Hunt, found in address books of 2 of 5 men arrested in incident, according to Washington Post. Administration says that Hunt was hired last July as part time consultant to help declassify the Pentagon Papers. He worked for CIA and was recommended for present post by CIA Director Richard Helms, Hunt's supervisor White House counsel Charles Colson denies knowledge of incident. Presidential News Secretary Ron Ziegler refuses any more questions on incident at Democrat National Committee.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) [Democratic National Committee Chairperson, Lawrence O'BRIEN - announces filing in US District Court of suit for compensatory and punitive damages totaling $1 million against Committee for Re-election of President, McCord associates, 5 men arrested at Democrat Hdqtrs., and other defendants now unknown.] O'Brien maintains suit is not a political maneuver, but serious attempt to uncover blatant political espionage. [O'BRIEN - says James McCord, arrested in Committee offices, has been in pay of Committee to Re-elect President, and Republican National Committee.] Says if administration follows John Mitchell's lead in denying knowledge of incident, it will take a long time to get at the truth.
REPORTER: Virginia Sherwood
(DC) At Hdqtrs. for Re-election of President, Nixon campaign manager John Mitchell issues statement, through Republican Committee Press Secretary De Van Shumway , calling lawsuit a political stunt. [Republican National Committee Chairperson, Senator Robert DOLE - cannot flatly deny raid ordered at high level, but says he authorized no such action, nor did John Mitchell.] Committee to Re-elect President will be professionally debugged. REPORTER: Stephen Geer