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Watergate / 18-Min. Gap #230792

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 15, 1974
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(Studio) Electronics experts say 18-min. gap on White House tape caused by repeated erasures and rerecording. Buzz obliterates portion of conversation between President and H.R. Haldeman 3 days after Watergate break-in.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Nixon's new Watergate defense lawyer James Saint Clair makes 1st appearance in case. Electronics experts' full report to Judge John Sirica summarized. Rose Mary Woods' theory of erasure refuted. Dr. Richard Bolt says erasures made repeatedly on tape. Dr. Thomas Stockham testifies some erasures overlap with tiny gaps between others. Dr. Mark Weiss testifies buzz caused by defective part in Mrs. Woods' recorder. President' lawyers delay cross-examining experts till Friday Records show only 3 persons played tape: presidential assistant Steve Bull, President, and Mrs. Woods.
REPORTER: Fred Graham; ARTIST: John D. Hunt

(Studio) White House has no comment on experts' testimony.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(White House) President' lawyers urge public not to jump to conclusions. Nixon spends most of day concerned with budget. Budget director Roy Ash meets with Nixon. Presidential spokesperson Gerald Warren says plans for explanation of plumber's unit now inoperative.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Studio) Vice-chairperson Watergate committee Senator Howard Baker says latest dvts. potentially damaging to President Former Attorney General Elliot Richardson thinks credibility and public confidence of President won't improve with latest news.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Graham, Fred;
Rather, Dan

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