CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 25, 1974
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(Studio) Defense begins case at Watergate cover-up trial. John Mitchell's attorney attacks ex-President Richard Nixon and his White House Judge John Sirica dismisses 1 change each on Mitchell and John Ehrlichman.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Counts dismissed were that they lied when told FBI all they knew about Watergate was what they read in newspapers. Sirica says law making it crime to lie to federal representative doesn't apply to unsworn statements to FBI agents. Attorney William Hundley says Mitchell not point of cover-up, but Nixon, Charles Colson and others set Mitchell up to take blame. Says Mitchell had no motive for joining conspiracy. Says Mitchell thought Nixon not involved in Watergate and so kept it quiet so Nixon would be reelected. Hundley asks jury not to judge Mitchell as White House jury did. Tape cited as proof of Mitchell's innocence.
REPORTER: Fred Graham Artist: Howard Brodie
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