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Watergate Hearings / Mitchell #229354

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 10, 1973
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(Studio) Former Attorney General and reelection chairperson John Mitchell admits trying to keep lid on Watergate scandal and shield President from Watergate cover-up knowledge. Denies authorizing Watergate bugging. REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Capitol Hill) [MITCHELL - recalls telling G. Gordon Liddy to destroy Watergate bugging plans. Not interested in preposterous horror plans.] [Chief cnsl. Sam DASH - asks why Liddy not thrown out of office.] Mitchell says should have thrown him out window. [DASH - asks Mitchell's recollection of meeting in Key Biscayne. Jeb Magruder, deputy director for reelection committee , testified Mitchell signed bugging plan at this time.] [MITCHELL - recalls telling Liddy plan completely out of the question. Not to discuss further.] Mitchell denies almost all testimony about him alleged by John Dean, Jeb Magruder, and other witnesses. Mitchell admits joining with White House aides John Ehrlichman, John Dean and H.R. Haldeman in covering up White House sponsored illegal acts. [MITCHELL - testifies all 4 men had innate fear that stories might be leaked during campaign.] [DASH - asks what Mitchell's belief was on matter.] [MITCHELL - states leakage would be unfair to President and campaign. No stories volunteered about White House involvement.] [Senator Herman TALMADGE - asks why Mitchell denied having reelection responsibilities before April 19 to Judicial Committee but now admits having reelection responsibilities before that time.] Mitchell uneasy. [TALMADGE - questions why Mitchell didn't tell President truth about Watergate.] [MITCHELL - says didn't want to involve President at all. President' actions, if Watergate told to him, would hurt campaign.] [TALMADGE - asks if Nixon's election more important than telling President about perjury, conspiracy etc. surrounding him.] Mitchell says he considers statement correct.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

Schorr, Daniel

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