ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 23, 1973
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(Studio) Watergate case takes new turn.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) Convicted Watergate defendant James McCord says he will tell everything he knows with regard to Watergate bugging. Judge John Sirica reads letter from McCord. McCord says family feared for its life if he talked, but he would in interests justice. McCord says there was political pressure on defendants to plead guilty and remain silent. Says perjured testimony was heard during trial. Others not identified during trial were involved. McCord and attorney Gerald Alch appear before Sirica next week [ALCH - says McCord will make statements to Sirica in closed session next week] Chief attorney for Senate Watergate investigating committee , Sam. Dash, happy about McCord's decision. [DASH - says happy more information will now be available.] Judge Sirica asks other 5 Watergate defendants, include E. Howard Hunt, to cooperate with investigation while he considers their sentences. Gordon Liddy fined $40,000 and given 6-20 year prison sentence. Jeb Magruder, last chief of Nixon reelection committee , says has no idea what McCord will say. Reporter Bill Brannigan talks with attorney for 4 Cuban defendants in trial, Henry Rothblatt. [ROTHBLATT - says Senator has much to do in its Watergate investigation. Feels James McCord telling truth in his charges of perjury having been committed in trial. Says if people only knew what really happened in Watergate bugging they would still not be able to believe it.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(Studio) White House deputy press secretary Gerald Warren says White House has no comment on case since Liddy and McCord plan to appeal.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
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