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White House Tapes #229561

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 23, 1973
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(Studio) President refuses White House tapes' access to Senate Watergate committee and special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox. Senate Watergate committee responds with subpoenas.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) President says he won't release tapes because of separation of powers theory. Other reasons for refusal given in letter to Watergate committee chairperson Sam Ervin. Portions read. President admits going over tapes before John Dean's testimony before Watergate committee and President finds tapes to bear out President' statement. Watergate committee unanimously votes to issue subpoenas to Press President cancels planned meeting with Ervin. Ervin yields on point. Ervin reacts to President' decision on White House tapes. [ERVIN - criticizes President' reasoning behind not releasing tapes. Believes President' duty lies in proving or disproving activities in question with regard to Watergate. Thinks Watergate matter is country's greatest tragedy.] Ervin signs subpoenas. Charles A. Wright, Nixon's lawyer, signs refusal to special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox. Letter says Cox under president and will receive only documents President gives to Cox. [COX - states White House is withholding evidence from grand jury without legal basis. To seek subpoenas to obtain evidence.] Assistant Press Secretary Gerald Warren confirms White House no longer taping conversations and mtgs.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Studio) Lawyers on Watergate committee , Terry Lenzner and Rufus Edmisten serve subpoenas for White House tapes this afternoon.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Reporter(s):
Mudd, Roger;
Rather, Dan
Duration:
00:05:40

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