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Watergate Hearings / Magruder #229002

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 14, 1973
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(Studio) Dep. director for Nixon's campaign committee Jeb Magruder admits own guilt in Watergate planning; implicating men closer to President than he. Testifies before Senate Watergate committee with limited immunity.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Capitol Hill) [MAGRUDER - admits full involvement in Watergate scandal. President had no Watergate knowledge.] Magruder tells committee of mtgs. with Mitchell to approve G. Gordon Liddy's Watergate break-in plan and money to be used; cover-up story construction; pay-offs; executive clemency; cover-up crumbling; Magruder's confession to prosecutor. Magruder gives reason for Watergate break-ins. [MAGRUDER - says personal friends committing illegal acts in defense of beliefs. Saw William Sloan Coffin burning draft cards, staging mass demonstrations for ideals. Magruder thought own ideals much higher. Illegal acts to lead to legal end - President reelection.] [Senator Howard BAKER - asks if gone so far with Watergate burglary plan, had to go on with cover-up.] Affirmed. [MAGRUDER - testifies all plans went to H.R. Haldeman's aide, Gordon Strachan, to be summarized for Haldeman.] [Senate committee chairperson ERVIN - states if plans carried to Haldeman's aide, Haldeman knew of involvement.] [MAGRUDER - replies Haldeman may have decided not to believe what he read.] [ERVIN - asks if Haldeman and President so close, why wouldn't Haldeman tell President about plans.] Magruder has no answer. Committee learns roles from John Mitchell down, now wants parts played from Mitchell up in Watergate scandal.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

(Studio) CBS to broadcast report on Magruder's testimony at 8 EDT.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Reporter(s):
Mudd, Roger;
Schorr, Daniel
Duration:
00:05:30

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