CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 24, 1973
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(Studio) Convicted conspirator E. Howard Hunt appears as 1st witness before Senate Watergate committee after 7 week recess of hearings.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Capitol Hill) [HUNT - describes physical and emotional strain subjected to by undue punishment for crime. Regrets part in Watergate scandal, but feels deserted by United States government] Hunt implicates former cnsl. Charles Colson in intelligence gathering. Exs. given. [HUNT - states co-conspirator G. Gordon Liddy told Hunt conversation with Colson had helped Hunt and Liddy.] [Majority cnsl. Sam DASH - questions Hunt further.] [HUNT - states Colson must have been referring to Gemstone file; only possible area in which Colson could have helped Liddy and Hunt.] [Minority cnsl. Fred THOMPSON - asks if Colson aware of overall Gemstone plan but not aware of Watergate break-in.] Hunt confirms. [Senator Howard BAKER - questions Hunt's continued link with CIA after leaving CIA and involved then in political assignments.] [HUNT - says CIA personnel office supplied some information to him.] [BAKER - asks if information used to find people helpful to Hunt's assignment. ] [HUNT - confirms.] [BAKER - asks if falsifying devices also supplied by CIA.] [HUNT - confirms.] [BAKER - asks if protest against CIA's action ever heard.] [HUNT - replies he never heard such statement.] Hunt briefly united with 2 children after hearings.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr
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