CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 16, 1973
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(Studio) Senate Watergate committee conts. hearings with former Nixon attorney Herbert Kalmbach.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Capitol Hill) Kalmbach admits raising and distributing money for Watergate defendants on John Dean's orders. [Senator Sam DASH - asks for details on June 28 meeting between Dean and Kalmbach.] [KALMBACH - says Dean indicated he wanted Kalmbach to raise money for legal defense and family support of Watergate defendants.] Kalmbach says $75,000 obtained from finance chairperson Maurice Stans. Gave $25,000 to convicted Watergate burglar Howard Hunt's lawyer and most of remaining money to Mrs. Dorothy Hunt for distribution to other defendants. Kalmbach became worried and went to John Ehrlichman for reassurance. [KALMBACH - says worried because of secrecy. Asked Ehrlichman if Dean had authority to give orders, if assignment proper and should Kalmbach proceed. Ehrlichman assured him to go ahead. Ehrlichman said secrecy necessary to keep press from misinterpreting intentions of raising funds for defendants.] Last January Kalmbach got out of fund raising. With questions from Senator Fred Thompson, Kalmbach contradicts Dean's meeting places and dates. Kalmbach to return to Senate Watergate hearings for further testimony tomorrow.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr