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Campaign `72 / Republican Espionage #220163

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 10, 1972
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(Studio) Washington, DC "Post" reports Republican program of espionage and sabotage aimed at Democrats FBI found Watergate case to be only 1 instance of such activity, which began last year under White House and Nixon campaign officials. Former Treasury Department attorney Don Segretti allegedly recruited operatives for campaign. Nixon campaign spokesperson calls report fiction; White House declines comment.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) House Banking Committee chairperson Wright Patman calls hearing, asks voluntary testimony of Republican officials John Mitchell, Clark MacGregor, Maurice Stans, and John Dean. [PATMAN - says Republicans are attempting to assassinate entire political party through espionage.] General Accounting Office launches full-scale investigation of financial of Watergate affair. (Nashville, Tennessee) [Alex B. SHIPLEY - acknowledges futile efforts of Segretti to enlist him in spy operations. Says Segretti proposed Shipley pose as Kennedy backer, find other Kennedy men and place them in Muskie ranks, use info. obtained for Nixon, not Kennedy.] (Dennison, Iowa) [Roger Lee NIXT - says Segretti proposed printing bogus tickets to fund-raising dinners for Muskie, which would result in confusion.] Democrats now believe anonymous calls about Senator Eagleton's health were Republican inspired. On June 19, AFL-CIO President George Meany's assistant, Virginia Tahaz, received call from someone calling himself Gary Hart, McGovern's campaign manager, asking Meany to come to New York City for meeting with Senator, which would be to Meany's advantage. This infuriated Meany. Hart says he did not place call.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

Cronkite, Walter;
Schorr, Daniel

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