CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 30, 1973
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(Studio) Former chief of staff H.R. Haldeman testifies before Senate Watergate committee Haldeman disputes John Dean's testimony. Haldeman says tapes of mtgs. disagree with Dean's version. These White House tapes are same ones refused to Watergate committee and Archibald Cox by President
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Capitol Hill) Watergate committee breaks into confusion when Haldeman states hearing tapes of September 12 and March 21 meeting Haldeman insists President asked him not to use tapes for anything except refreshing his memory. Haldeman could refute Dean's testimony supposedly, but executive privilege surrounds tapes. Committee chairperson Sam Ervin overrules President' claim to executive clemency. [ERVIN - asks who gave Haldeman permission to hear tapes.] [HALDEMAN - says President authorized Haldeman's listening to tapes for purpose of rpting. to President] [ERVIN - questions if subpoenaed notes were brought by Haldeman.] [HALDEMAN - says notes are in President' files. Doesn't have notes.] [ERVIN - concludes President keeps notes and tapes.] Haldeman proceeds with statement [HALDEMAN says he wasn't present for 1st hour of meeting with President and John Dean on March 21, but listened to full tape. Recalls substance of meeting Dean told President he thought Jeb Magruder knew about Watergate; unsure if John Mitchell knew. Dean said G. Gordon Liddy gave him full rundown after burglary and assured him no White House member involved. Dean said Charles Colson's call to Jeb Magruder, may have suggested White House pressure. Haldeman could have been recing. fruits of Watergate bugging via Gordon Strachan, according to Dean. Dean spoke of Watergate money and clemency incling. Herbert Kalmbach raising money for Watergate defendants and current Howard Hunt blackmail threat. Haldeman believes all of March 21 meeting was used by President to fish out Dean's view on Watergate and get his opinion on course of action. President later told Haldeman he had no intention of offering clemency or giving money to defendants.] Former White House aide John Ehrlichman completes testimony before Senate Watergate committee [Senator Lowell WEICKER - asks if Ehrlichman's and Haldeman's testimony to agree perfectly.] [EHRLICHMAN - states he doesn't assume perfect agreement.] [WEICKER - questions how both could be represented by same attorney, John Wilson. Asks if conflict of interest exists.] [Attorney John J. WILSON - says to suggest he may be involved in conflict of interest suggests Wilson may be involved in fraud. Wilson charges Weicker with assailing his integrity.] [WEICKER - says he's questioning Ehrlichman not Wilson.] Senate Watergate committee votes to extend hrs. for hearings to speed up witnesses. To hear 7 more witnesses before adjourning.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr
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