CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 22, 1973
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(Studio) President meets with press for 1st news conference in 5 mos. At conference start, President announces Secretary of State William Rogers' resignation. To be replaced by Henry Kissinger. Almost all news conference deals with Watergate scandal. 1st question deals with White House tapes.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(San Clemente, California) [NIXON - explains reason for taping conversations.] President asked why he didn't quiz former acting FBI director Patrick Gray re: top aides' involvement in Watergate. [NIXON - recalls different version of conversation with Gray.] President' authority with regard to tape release to H.R. Haldeman questioned. [NIXON - states Haldeman listened to tape at Nixon's request to refresh memories with regard to conversations with John Dean.] Nixon asked to give names of Watergate consultants between Watergate break-in and Mar., 1973. [NIXON - names MacGregor, Ehrlichman, Dean, Haldeman, Mitchell.] [Asked about John Mitchell's Watergate testimony, NIXON - says supports Mitchell's testimony.] When asked for his version of meeting with John Dean with regard to hush money for defendants, Nixon restates his position on hush money and clemency. Reporter questions President' insistence to continue Watergate investigations into White House involvement with White House staff. [NIXON - says Dean in constant contact with prosecutors. Assumed any information given to President also given to prosecutors.]
REPORTER: No reporter given