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Watergate Hearings / Kleindienst, Petersen #230221

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 07, 1973
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(Studio) Senate Watergate hearings recess till after Labor Day. Last witnesses, former Attorney General Richard Kleindienst and his deputy Henry Petersen appear before committee
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Capitol Hill) Kleindienst warned H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman to stop interfering in Watergate investigation. Kleindienst gives version of Apr. 15 meeting Kleindienst told President about White House involvement in Watergate affair then. Incld. Jeb Magruder, John Mitchell, John Dean, H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, Fred. LaRue and others. [KLEINDIENST - states President dumbfounded when given news.] [PETERSEN - believes President' reaction at Apr. 15 meeting showed concern and calm. Petersen urged President to dismiss Haldeman and Ehrlichman, but President uncertain about drastic proposal.] [KLEINDIENST - recalls telling President about White House involvement in Ellsberg break-in. President extremely upset.]
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

[Assistant chief cnsl. David DORSEN - asks if this was 1st time President knew about Ellsberg break-in and White House involvement.] [KLEINDIENST - says he's unsure, but from reaction he thought President learned about connection from Kleindienst.] [PETERSEN - reports he told President about Ellsberg break-in on Apr. 18, 1 week before Kleindienst. President told Petersen he knew about reports on Ellsberg burglary. President insisted Petersen stay out of matter because of national security. Urged Petersen to investigate Watergate affair only.] Petersen resents special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox's appointed as head of Watergate probe. [PETERSEN - believes he and Justice Department would have broken Watergate case, but it was snatched from them and given to Cox.]

Reporter(s):
Mudd, Roger;
Schorr, Daniel
Duration:
00:05:50

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