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Watergate Case #228150

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 19, 1973
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(Studio) Columnist William Safire comments that once a case breaks it breaks wide open. This is what is happening with Watergate affair.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(White House) President Nixon and aide John Dean appear now to be at odds over Watergate bugging. Without White House approval Dean issues statement saying he will not become a scapegoat in Watergate case. White House Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler concedes neither he nor President knew about Dean's statement until after it was issued.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

(DC) Numerous new indictments expected in Watergate case. Attorney General Richard Kleindienst announces he is withdrawing from case because of personal and professional relations with some of those involved in bugging. Indications are he is referring to former Attorney General John Mitchell. Mitchell and John Dean implicated in bugging and its cover-up. Former campaign deputy director Jeb Magruder said to have told of meeting with John Mitchell, John Dean and Gordon Liddy in which plans for bugging Watergate approved. Magruder also said to have told of Mitchell's and Dean's bribery of convicted Watergate defendants to not name others involved in case. Mitchell denies charges. [Attorney Peter WOLF - tells of client who told him he possessed documents taken from White House desk of E. Howard Hunt that include plans to bug Watergate.] Wolf says despite his advice to expose documents, his client returned documents to campaign organization shortly before election day. Wolf says told Watergate case prosecuting attorney Earl Silbert of documents but Silbert disregarded them. Silbert denies Wolf's story. E. Howard Hunt and Gordon Liddy reappear at Washington, DC court, Hunt to give testimony to grand jury, Liddy to confer with attys. Former Nixon appointments secretary Dwight Chapin also discovered by reporter Connie Chung to be back in DC. [CHAPIN - refuses comment on case, include comment on whether he hired Don. Segretti to spy.] Nixon's personal attorney Herbert Kalmbach who rptdly. paid off saboteurs on Chapin's instructions interviewed by Earl Silbert today. Aides of Senator Lowell Weicker say Weicker's safe containing his files on his investigation Watergate case was opened during night. No documents found missing.
REPORTER Dan. Schorr Artist: Howard Brodie

Cronkite, Walter;
Pierpoint, Robert

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