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Watergate Hearings #228653

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 23, 1973
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(Studio) At Senate Watergate hearings former attorney for James McCord, Gerald Alch, testifies McCord and his present attorney, Bernard Fensterwald, conspired to wage personal vendetta against Nixon.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [Former White House aide John CAULFIELD - says felt Nixon was aware that he conveyed messages to James McCord offering him executive clemency and other help in return for remaining silent about Watergate scandal. In response to questions by Senator Dan. Inouye and Senator Lowell Weicker Caulfield indicates that he was taking part in obstruction of justice.] [Former New York City detective and intermediary for Caulfield, Anthony ULASEWICZ - in response to Senator Howard Baker, says feels Watergate burglary very badly executed crime.] Star Watergate witness for day is former McCord attorney Gerald Alch. [ALCH - says never urged McCord to plead guilty or tried to get McCord to blame CIA for Watergate. Flatly denies ever telling McCord he could forge McCord's CIA personnel records with cooperation of then acting CIA chief James Schlesinger.] Alch says never felt Nixon would give McCord executive clemency. Was Howard Hunt's attorney, William Bitman, who suggested this was possible. Alch denies urging McCord to accept executive clemency. [ALCH - charges Fensterwald with conspiring with McCord in attempt to blame Watergate on Nixon.] [FENSTERWALD - denies Alch's testimony.] [McCORD - denies Alch's testimony.] Committee Chairperson Sam Ervin will probably allow McCord to submit written rebuttal to Alch's testimony.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

(Studio) Nixon seems in good spirits at meeting with Congress leaders Senator Hugh Scott urges people to give President benefit of doubt unless he is proved guilty of Watergate involvement.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Schorr, Daniel

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