CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 24, 1973
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(Studio) Former White House aide John Ehrlichman appears before Senate Watergate committee
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Capitol Hill) Ehrlichman charged with active role in White House horrors. [EHRLICHMAN - states he will refute every charge of illegal conduct. Insists John Dean's testimony is erroneous and dishonest.] [Cnsl. Sam DASH - asks if Ehrlichman was ever assigned a role of intelligence gathering.] [EHRLICHMAN - says he's not sure where Dash is leading and finds question obscure.] [DASH - insists Ehrlichman need only answer yes or no to question.] [DASH - asks if Ehrlichman had a role in authorizing wiretaps.] [EHRLICHMAN - says he did. Wiretaps concerned national security. No elaboration.] Ehrlichman recalls halting fire bombing of Brookings Institution, but doesn't remember who he called. Charles Colson's name didn't refresh memory. [EHRLICHMAN - recalls meeting with President with regard to Liddy and Hunt's role in Ellsberg break-in. Says President agreed with Ehrlichman on action taken. Ntl security at stake. President had const. power and function as President behind him in justification of acts when national security at stake.] [Committee chairperson Sam ERVIN - argues with Ehrlichman over statute.] Ehrlichman quotes statute to back up action by Press in national security matters. [ERVIN - insists foreign intelligence activities mentioned in statute had no relation to files in Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office and records kept on intellectual and psychological aspects of Ellsberg.] [EHRLICHMAN - asks Ervin how he knows that.] [ERVIN - fires back that he understands English language.] [EHRLICHMAN - states if Ellsberg burglary taken in context, President had ample power to protect national security.] [ERVIN - charges statute has no mention of President' power to suspend 4th Amendment or authorize burglary.] Ehrlichman insists no illegal purpose involved in collecting money for Watergate defendants. [ERVIN - asks if reelection committee gave $450,000 to burglars and lawyers because they felt sorry for them.] Ehrlichman testimony to continue If Ervin recs. negative response from subpoenas of White House tapes, to go to full Senator for backing. Action constitutes pre-impeachment proceedings.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr
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