CBS Evening News for Friday, Jan 05, 1973
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(Studio) Lawyer for witnesses in Watergate case claims Republican campaign official's job was altered after that official's voice was heard on tapped telephone of Democrat official. Attorney Charles Morgan identifies GOP official as former White House aide Harry Fleming. Spokesperson Nixon campaign office denies claim.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Trial begins. Chief Judge is John Sirica. Court large to accommodate reporters Jury will be locked up every night. Trial may last 3 mos. Former FBI agent Alfred Baldwin III will testify. Baldwin admitted wiretapping. Granted immunity from prosecution, is government's star witness. James McCord (ex-FBI agent, 19 years in CIA, security expert), Bernard Barker (real estate man, Bay of Pigs veteran, ex-Batista secret policeman), Eugenio Martinez (Barker worker in Miami, CIA worker in Cuba), Virgilio Gonzales (Cuban exile, lock expert), and Frank Sturgis (anti-Castro guerrilla), being defended by same lawyer. Grand jury also indicted G. Gordon Liddy (ex-FBI agent, ex-Treasury official, ex-White House consult.) and E. Howard Hunt Junior (Ex-CIA, ex-Bay of Pigs planner, ex-White House aide). Judge Sirica will possibly expand trial to broader questions with regard to Republican bugging. Defense attorney is Earl Silbert, principal deputy United States attorney for DC. Trial promises to be greatest drama of politics on trial.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr Artist: Howard Brodie