CBS Evening News for Friday, May 18, 1973
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(Studio) Convicted Watergate spy James McCord testifies before Senate Watergate committee
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) [James MCCORD - says John Caulfield, claiming to be speaking for Nixon, offered him executive clemency, financial help while in prison and a job when he got out of prison in return for remaining silent and pleading guilty in Watergate trial. Offers were made on 3 occasions.] [Senator Sam. ERVIN - points out McCord had no direct knowledge Nixon involved.] [Senate committee attorney Sam DASH - asks McCord why, after career of no blemish, he agreed to commit illegal acts.] [MCCORD - replies that he was told Attorney General John Mitchell and Nixon's White House attorney,John Dean, had both considered and approved espionage plans.] [Senator Edward GURNEY - asks McCord if he didn't know what he was doing was illegal.] [MCCORD - says felt Nixon himself knew of activities and had OK'd them.] McCord, in further testimony, says Howard Hunt told him Charles Colson was involved in wiretap. Also says Robert Mardian of Justice Department supplied him the daily reports from FBI concerning possible trouble for Republicans John Caulfield is scheduled to testify after McCord.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr