CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 29, 1974
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(Studio) Effectiveness of John Dean as witness in future court cases reexamined.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) [Vice President Gerald FORD - admits Dean's credibility lowered, but effect on President' impeachment investigation unknown.] Judiciary Committee mbrs. react. [Representative Robert McCLORY - thinks committee would want substantial evidence to back up any Dean testimony used in impeachment probe.] [Representative William COHEN - doesn't think Dean's credibility eroded because of Mitchell, Stans trial. Judiciary Committee must decide on Dean's effectiveness as witness for itself.] [Repb Edward MEZVINSKY - sees psychological effect from Dean's role in Mitchell, Stans trial [Representative Robert DRINAN - doesn't think inference can be drawn from 1 acquittal.] Committee members don't know how President to respond to committee subpoena. Representatives Edward Hutchinson and Peter Rodino may be allowed to verify edited transcripts at White House Some members believe staff cnsls. John Doar and Albert Jenner should be incld. in verification process.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton.]
(DC) Special prosecutor Leon Jaworski and top aides unable to comment on John Dean. Judge John Sirica issues gag order on Jaworski's office and possibly Dean; reasons given. Jaworski asked Judge Gerhard Gesell to incl. White House in gag order, but Gesell lacks such authority.
REPORTER: Fred Graham