CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 25, 1973
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(Studio) Former White House aide John Ehrlichman returns for 2nd day of Senate Watergate hearings.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Capitol Hill) Watergate committee chairperson Sam Ervin and Ehrlichman's lawyer, John Wilson, argue over President' inherent right to protect national security at any price. Ervin charges entering Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office unlawfully probably wouldn't help him find foreign spies. Senator Herman Talmadge repeats law with regard to right to enter a home only with warrant. [TALMADGE - recalls a man's home is his castle. Must have express permission to enter.] [EHRLICHMAN - states ideal has eroded.] [TALMADGE - replies not in his country.] Ehrlichman denies he had burglary in mind when ordered covert operation to get Ellsberg medical records. Talmadge asks if President personally authorized break-in. [EHRLICHMAN - says on July 24 President gave orders to Egil Krogh, head of plumber's unit. President told Krogh and unit to take necessary steps. Ehrlichman recalls reference to polygraph use and summary procedures for discharge of those who might be involved in episode.] Ehrlichman denies John Dean's testimony that Ehrlichman told Charles Colson he had requested executive clemency for Watergate conspirator Howard Hunt. [Senator Edward GURNEY - questions if Ehrlichman ever talked with President about Hunt clemency.] [EHRLICHMAN - says he never asked President because having burglars linked with President would be horrible for President] Ehrlichman also denies Dean's testimony re: destruction of files and asking acting FBI director Patrick Gray to destroy sensitive documents. Ehrlichman says Gray's owe action to burn documents shocked Ehrlichman and President [EHRLICHMAN - says he was upset by Gray's action and told President about call. Says he talked of possible implications with President Ehrlichman phoned Gray and said he would have to say he was present with Gray when documents were delivered to Gray's office.] [Senator Daniel INOUYE - asks if Ehrlichman knew President' refusal to release tapes was grounds for dismissing indictments.] [EHRLICHMAN - states the thought hadn't occurred to him.] Ehrlichman admits 2 mtgs. with Pentagon Papers trial judge, Matthew Byrne,with regard to his possible appointed as FBI acting dir. Didn't think mtgs. unethical. Met on presidential instructions. [EHRLICHMAN - states there was no motive to sway trial on Ehrlichman's part, Attorney General' part or Pres'. Simply trying to get best man for job.] Inouye's voice picked up after questioning as he makes offstage comment. Inouye says he must have been spking. to himself. Ehrlichman to return for 3rd day before committee tomorrow. If President doesn't answer subpoenas tomorrow, Ervin to move for quick court order.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr
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