CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 12, 1973
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(Studio) Finance director for Nixon reelection campaign Maurice Stans testifies at Senate Watergate hearings. Says had no knowledge of Watergate or espionage. Stans raised money; didn't direct its use.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Senator Caucus Room) After assurance to Stans and attorney Robert Barker no questions on Vesco case to be asked, Stans testifies. [STANS - says had no sabotage plan in mind, knew nothing of Watergate and tried to abide by election laws.] Committee asks about alleged memo saying Stans had $1 million in Commerce funds that could be used for reelection campaign. Stans denies memo. [STANS - testifies went to John Mitchell about money use at treasurer Hugh Sloan's request. Mitchell denied any knowledge. Told him to talk to director reelection committee , Jeb Magruder, about money given G. Gordon Liddy.] Money actually used to finance Watergate break-ins. Stans admits giving money to former Nixon attorney Herbert Kalmbach. [STANS - recalls Kalmbach asking for cash for top White House project. Gave him $75,000 plus $30,000 from Philippine businessman. Said orders from top authority.] [Senator Joseph MONTOYA - questions identity of high authority.] [STANS - says Kalmbach recently told him former White House cnsl. John Dean gave orders. Kalmbach asked John Ehrlichman about legality and was reassured.]
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr