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Cox / Newsmaker Interview #225915

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 24, 1973
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(Studio) Taped interview with former special Watergate prosecutor follows. Cox asked if tape crisis manipulated to insure his departure. [COX - admits suggestions not approved by White House attys. before firing, but no real basis exists to suspect manipulation.] Cox questioned about possible compromise proposals. [COX - says several proposals made.] Former prosecutor queried about compromise details. [COX - states proposal made to investigate beyond Watergate directly. Exs. given. Former Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Cox might have agreed an compromise, but President' attorney Charles Wright bluntly denied tapes or other documents be released to Cox.] Cox asked how national security of tapes could be resolved [COX - insists national security should be defined more clearly. Exs. of matters considered under national security reviewed.] Cox asked if he suggests special prosecutor's staff remain intact till another prosecutor named but no longer. [COX - says Watergate investigation wouldn't work in Justice Department, but hopes Congress to appointed new prosecutor independent of White House] Cox asked if he can reveal lines of inquiry besides Watergate that worried White House [COX - names several topics under inquiry incling campaign funds, ITT, but not known if White House considered probes too sensitive.] Cox asked about campaign funds' diversion into private trust fund for President [COX - believes reporter asks for details improper for former prosecutor to discuss.] Cox questioned about possible impeachable offenses by President [COX - reviews John Dean's testimony before Senate Watergate committee implicating President in wrongdoing. Believes President' failure to comply with courts to yield White House tapes would have been grounds for impeachment.] Cox asked if Dean testimony substantiated. [COX - refuses to comment, but Dean has little to gain by perjury.] Cox queried about tapes' significance. [COX - hopes tapes would reveal guilt or innocence of H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, John Mitchell and reveal any President knowledge of Watergate.] Cox further states files safe in Justice Department; tapes probably weren't tampered with; any acceptance of another prosecutor's role unlikely.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter

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