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Campaign `72 / Republican Espionage and Sabotage #220516

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 31, 1972
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(Studio) House Banking Committee Chairperson Wright Patman releases report of short-lived investigation into Watergate case. Report quotes 2nd-hand testimony that Republican campaign officials monitored bank accounts of Democratic members of Congress.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Large secret fund said established in Nixon organization Republican leaders admit to special cash fund but argue about its uses. Campaign treasurer Paul Barrick didn't even know it existed. Massive effort to conceal campaign contributions noted. On April 5 (2 days before financial disclosure deadline) Pennzoil Company jet flew from Houston to Washington, DC with $700,000 in contributions. $89,000 in form of 4 Mexican checks from Gulf Resources Mexican attorney, sending back money transferred to him through company headed by Robert Allen, Texas fund raiser for Nixon. $700,000 turned over to Hugh Sloan. Mexican checks land in Florida bank account of Watergate defendant Bernard Barker. Minnesota banker Dwayne Andreas gave $25,000 on April 9 to Minnesota financial chairperson Kenneth Dahlberg who converted it into cashiers check. It made way through Maurice Stans to Barker's account Barker withdrew all money. At same time, preparation for Watergate bugging began. Select group controlled secret fund. Clark MacGregor names Jeb Magruder, Bert Porter, Gordon Liddy, Maurice Stans, John Mitchell. Washington, DC "Post" adds Herbert Kalmbach and H.R. Haldeman.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

(Studio) Washington, DC "Post" reports White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman helped control secret fund. Moves Watergate case into White House inner circle. Hugh Sloan said to have named Haldeman in grand jury testimony. Sloan denies report Former Attorney General Mitchell denies having anything to do with fund. "Time" magazine reports Dwight Chapin, Nixon appoints secretary, has admitted to FBI he hired Don. Segretti to disrupt campaigns of Democratic candidates.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) White House calls reports a political smear. If President Nixon knew about Republican espionage and sabotage, it was through Mitchell, Haldeman, or Chapin. Their roles explained. They refuse to answer specific allegations.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Studio) There is a long history in United States of election year shenanigans. Republican plan to disrupt processes of election politics is worst. Nixon administration denies allegations.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Rather, Dan;
Schorr, Daniel

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