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Watergate Case #228516

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 15, 1973
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(Studio) Senator Stuart Symington says almost immediately after Watergate break-in White House aides began campaign to get CIA to take blame for it.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Symington says deputy CIA chief Vernon Walters testified to chain of events that began when he and CIA chief Richard Helms called to White House for meeting with M.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman. [SYMINGTON - Walters says was told by Haldeman that Watergate might be exploited by opposition. Walters was told to go to acting FBI chief L. Pat. Gray and tell him if FBI pursued investigation of funds in Mexico connected to Watergate it would compromise certain CIA activities in Mexico.] Walters gave Gray message and later was called to White House by John Dean and asked if CIA could put up bail for Watergate spies and pay their salaries while they were in jail. Walters refused. Helms to be questioned by Congress investigators tomorrow.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Washington, DC "Star News" reports John Dean has no evidence to prove Nixon involved in Watergate. Dean denies writing Watergate report as Nixon has said. Senate Watergate committee votes to seek immunity for Dean.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Dean swears deposition in Common Cause suit against Nixon campaign committee Nixon, Dean says, delayed to last minute signing campaign rpting. law in order to allow campaign to get last flood of anonymous contributions. Dean says was told to help Nixon campaign and at one point wrote memo. for Gordon Liddy, then campaign cnsl. Watergate prosecution wants to look at files John Dean, John Ehrlichman and M.R. Haldeman. Prosecutor Earl Silbert makes request to Leonard Garment.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

(Studio) Nixon talks to Congress leaders about changing campaign procedures.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Nixon proposes 17-member commission to study problem of campaign reform. Proposes single 6-yr. term for President and 4-yr. terms for House members Senator Mike Mansfield says proposals step in right direction.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

(Studio) Federal Judge Harold Tyler rejects job of special Watergate prosecutor offered by Attorney General designate Elliot Richardson.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Reporter(s):
Mudd, Roger;
Pierpoint, Robert;
Schieffer, Bob;
Schorr, Daniel
Duration:
00:07:00

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