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Watergate Case / Nixon Announcement #228111

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 17, 1973
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(Studio) Nixon, in hastily arranged press conf., concedes White House aides may be involved in Watergate scandal.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(White House) [NIXON - says agreement now reached with Senator Sam. Ervin's investigating committee to allow White House aides to testify under oath before public and possibly televised sessions of Senator hearings. White House has conducted second investigation Watergate case through Justice Department official Henry Petersen. Investigation has revealed major new developments. Any White House aides indicted in case will be suspended. If convicted, aides will be immediately discharged. No high officials involved in scandal will be given immunity from prosecution.]
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

(Studio) Republicans recently critical of Nixon for his refusal to take action in Watergate case happy with new statements.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [Senator Edward GURNEY - says glad Nixon now cooperating with committee Has felt all along that he would.] [Senator Lowell WEICKER - says spirit of getting to truth of case now present.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) Senator Howard Baker says biggest hurdles now behind Senator investigating committee
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Nixon now appears to be saying that he has recently learned what was long kept from him and his staff. High White House aides may have been involved in bugging and later in covering it up. Nixon's second investigation of case bypassed White House staff and was conducted through Justice Department This makes it understandable why White House staff taken by surprise when was told former campaign director John Mitchell had been called to Washington, DC last week Significant that Nixon negotiations with Ervin committee conducted by John Ehrlichman and Leonard Garment rather than by H.R. Haldeman and cnsl. John Dean as would have been expected. Nixon seems to have been deceived by his own staff when he said last August on strength of report by John Dean that nobody in administration presently employed was involved in Watergate case.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

Cronkite, Walter;
Pierpoint, Robert;
Schorr, Daniel

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