CBS Evening News for Friday, Aug 03, 1973
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(Studio) Senate Watergate committee hears from former acting FBI director Patrick Gray.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Capitol Hill) Former CIA deputy director Vernon Walters partially confirms Gray's version of call from President to Gray last July. [WALTERS - says President asked Gray's opinion on cover-up of Watergate case. Gray told President it couldn't be covered up. High White House involvement discussed and Gray's belief that their removal from office should be quick. Any attempt to involve FBI or CIA would be mortal wound for President President asked Gray about Walter's judgement on case and Gray said Walters agreed. Gray told by President to continue with investigation.] [GRAY - states he told President that Walters and he thought White House staff members tried to use CIA and FBI by confusing CIA interest in persons to be interviewed by FBI. Gray says he told President that Clark MacGregor had been asked by Gray to speak to President about matter. President insisted Gray carry on with thorough investigation. Gray has no recollection of telling President what Walters insisted was said to President] Gray reports that at meeting with John Ehrlichman and John Dean no orders expressly given to destroy Hunt files. [GRAY - says files destroyed after Christmas. Files implicated Kennedy administration with South Vietnam president's assassination. Later learned files ware fake. Gray believes he was used in political scheme.] Gray insists Ehrlichman and Dean wanted Hunt files destroyed, although specific order not given. From Gray's testimony, President aware of something wrong in White House year before whole story broke.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr