CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 01, 1974
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(Studio) Walter Cronkite interviews financier Robert Vesco in Costa Rica.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Los Angeles, California) Vesco questioned about Democrat plan for impeachment of President [VESCO - says he didn't identify group as Democrats; outlines plan.] Asked why Vesco approached with plan. [VESCO - says article with regard to his possible secret campaign contribution to Republican party triggered interest.] Questioned about Maurice Stans, John Mitchell and Vesco's part in impeachment plan. [VESCO - says group believed indictment against President could be achieved with 3 men's help.] Questioned further about impeachment plot. VESCO - believes group hoped to force President to resign.] Asked about number of people involved. [VESCO - reveals he dealt with only 3 people; names would be readily recognized since they held high posts in past admins.] Asked why campaign contribution made in cash in suitcase. [VESCO - says cash used because of improper coordination by committee to reelect President] Questioned about role of Edward Nixon. [VESCO - insists Edward Nixon innocent in entire matter. Reveals Murray Chotiner urged contribution be made in cash. Suspects Chotiner could have been impt. key to clearing up mess.] Asked if Vesco discussed contribution or SEC problem personally with President [VESCO - refuses to answer question.]
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite