CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 17, 1977
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(Studio) H.R. Haldeman and John Mitchell request Supreme Court review Watergate coverup convictions. Move comes on 5th anniversary of Watergate break-in.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Film of Watergate burglars' jailing shown. Present status of James McCord, Eugenio Martinez, Virgilio Gonzales, Frank Sturgis, Bernard Barker given. Higher-ups in government also affected. Present status of Howard Hunt, G. Gordon Liddy given. At 1 time, prosecutor Earl Silbert thought Liddy master mind of plan. Breakdown of arrests, and convictions of those involved in Watergate given. Film of various Watergate personalities. John Mitchell, Richard Kleindienst, John Connally, Maurice Stans, Richard Nixon all touched by Watergate. Some say Gerald Ford defeated because of Nixon pardon. Charles Colson, Jeb Magruder find religion through Watergate incident. Marriages of Mitchell, Ehrlichman, and Egil Krogh broken up over Watergate. Frank Wills, security guard at Watergate Hotel unemployed and bitter. [WILLS - says crooks selling books and making money. They receive more credit for their efforts than he did for discovering break-in.] John Dean's book could make him millionaire. Wives of some Watergate personalities affected, incling. Martha Mitchell and Pat Nixon. Journalists Woodward and Bernstein rich and famous; details. Judge John Sirica promises to write book. Sam Ervin and H.R. Haldeman use TV as medium to capitalize on Watergate involvement. Richard Nixon most financially blessed by Watergate; details. Watergate prosecutor's office closes next week, but 3 questions remain unanswered. Questions asked.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl