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Watergate Hearings / Helms, Cushman #229930

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Aug 02, 1973
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(Studio) Former CIA director Richard Helms and CIA deputy Robert Cushman appear before Senate Watergate committee
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Capitol Hill) Helms admits CIA helped E. Howard Hunt with disguises and equipment in 1971. [HELMS - states he assured acting FBI director Patrick Gray there was no CIA connection in Watergate break-in.] Helms says he and deputy director Vernon Walters met with John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman and were mystified by Ehrlichman's and Haldeman's talk of CIA involvement. [Senator Edward GURNEY - asks if Helms thought President involved in Watergate cover-up and planned to use CIA in cover-up.] [HELMS - states President not involved to his knowledge. But from talking with top aide to President, Helms assumed White House wanted CIA involved in cover-up.] Helms states FBI director Gray raised problems with Walters about uncovering CIA projects in Mexico. John Dean talked with Walters about CIA supplying bail and pay for Watergate defendants. [HELMS - says he told Walters to be clear with Dean about involvement in Watergate cover-up. CIA refused any part in illegal activities.] [Senator Joseph MONTOYA - asks if some attempt by White House occurred to manipulate CIA and facilities.] [HELMS - says there was effort to use agency.] Helms admits 1 of Watergate burglars, Martinez, former CIA employee, was on $100 month retainer at time of break-in. Senator Howard Baker questions if CIA involvement in Watergate cover-up wouldn't be questioned on basis of former statement. Former CIA deputy Robert Cushman takes witness chair after Helms. [CUSHMAN - recalls John Ehrlichman called Cushman about telephone calls recorded by Cushman earlier in year Ehrlichman insisted he was out of towns Cushman agreed to delete names from telephone recordings and memo since he couldn't recall exact date of call.] Former acting FBI director Patrick Gray to begin testimony before Senate Watergate committee Friday
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

Mudd, Roger;
Schorr, Daniel

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