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White House Tape / 18-Min. Erasure #230868

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jan 18, 1974
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(Studio) Federal Judge John Sirica recommends Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski take case with regard to White House tape erasures to grand jury.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Nixon attorney James Saint Clair cross-examines electronics experts. Experts' scientific explanations offer little room for discounting their testimony. Dr. Richard Bolt insists experts' conclusions correct. Rose Mary Woods' attorney Charles Rhyne reads former Nixon attorney Fred Buzhardt's statement to Sirica on day White House tape gap discovered. [RHYNE - thinks Nixon's attorney pleaded Miss Woods guilty before court session started.] [BUZHARDT - believes tape erasure could have been accidental.] Prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste informs court 2 other gaps exist on White House tapes. Tapes contained recollected conversations between President, John Dean and John Mitchell. White House cnsl. says gaps were simply pauses in dictation. [Aide Steve BULL - denies erasing any tapes.] Grand jury to determine any illegality of tape erasure.
REPORTER: Fred Graham; ARTIST: John D. Hart

(Studio) White House urges Americans not to forget grand jury intends to discover how erasures made, not substance of tape conversations.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Graham, Fred;
Mudd, Roger

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