CBS Evening News for Monday, Aug 06, 1973
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(Studio) Former FBI acting dire Patrick Gray appears before Senate Watergate committee Committee questions Gray intensely on warning given to President about Watergate and staff members Hunt file destruction by Gray discussed.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Capitol Hill) [GRAY - testifies he didn't examine files before burning them 6 mos. after he was told.] After Senator Weicker disclosed publicly Gray's destruction of files. Gray met with Attorney General Richard Kleindienst and assistant Attorney General Henry Petersen. [GRAY - says Peterson confided fear to Gray over being expendable, but H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman weren't.] [Senator Herman TALMADGE - questions if phone conversation with President should have alerted him that staff members were obstructing justice.] [GRAY - says President should have been warned that White House staff using FBI and CIA to obstruct Watergate probe. Expected questions from President on matter No questions came.] President reminded Gray of conversation in July, `72, during call to Gray on Apr., `73. After July conversation, President urged Gray to continue with thorough probe. [Senator Daniel INOUYE - questions Gray more on reaction to call.] [GRAY - thinks President wanted statement on record.] [INOUYE - asks if President could have put call on tape.] [GRAY - replies he didn't know about tape recordings then, but had strange feeling about conversation.] Gray says orders taken because President' authority assumed. [GRAY - recalls total belief and trust in President and staff. Didn't consider being swept into same Watergate mess as FBI ordered to investigate.]
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr