CBS Evening News for Monday, May 14, 1973
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(Studio) Acting FBI chief William Ruckelshaus reports missing FBI wiretaps on government employees and reporters found in John Ehrlichman's White House safe.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Wiretaps made in 1969 through 1971 after Henry Kissinger asked FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover to help in plugging security leaks. Hoover aide William Sullivan took tapes to White House after completed. [RUCKELSHAUS - says former Assistant Attorney General Robert Mardian says Sullivan felt FBI might use wiretaps against Attorney General or President and so gave files to Mardian who took them to White House Says later John Mitchell told Hoover records had been destroyed. Mitchell has denied making such statement to Hoover. Wasn't until last Thursday that Mardian revealed records probably still existed in White House Search turned up records in John Ehrlichman's safe.] Ruckelshaus says agents had almost to wrestle with Secret Service men to get files from safe.
REPORTER: Phil Jones
(Studio) Ruckelshaus didn't say who was tapped beyond saying Morton Halperin, former Kissinger aide. Halperin tap picked up conversations with Dan. Ellsberg. Wiretap was major factor in dismissal Pentagon papers case
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) John Ehrlichman to be center of new grand jury investigation to open soon in Los Angeles. David Nissen, Pentagon Papers prosecutor, has been receiving information from Watergate prosecutor Earl Silbert. Egil Krogh, Gordon Liddy and Howard Hunt among others to be questioned. In Washington, DC John Dean appears before Judge John Sirica to answer questions with regard to papers related to Watergate he took from White House and put in safety deposit box to prevent their illegal destruction. Papers classified supersecret. Sirica orders copies of papers to be given to Watergate grand jury and Senator investigating committee Dean attorney Robert McCandless denies Dean involved in secret attempt to infiltrate antiwar groups before Democratic convention. [M.R. HALDEMAN - denies he seeks immunity.]
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr Artist: Howard Brodie