ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 19, 1973
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(Studio) Watergate case develops further.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Washington, DC Post reports White House aide Jeb Magruder has told fed. investigators he attended meeting in office of then Attorney General John Mitchell in February, 1972. Watergate bugging planned at that time by Mitchell, G. Gordon Liddy and John Dean, personal attorney for President Magruder says Mitchell arranged to pay convicted Watergate burglars and attempts to buy their silence. Mitchell denies report Attorney General Richard Kleindienst disqualifies himself from any further part in Watergate prosecution because of information relating to personal friends of his connected with bugging. Kleindienst was brought into Justice Department by Mitchell. H.R. Haldeman expected to resign soon as White House chief of staff.
REPORTER: Bill Gill
(White House) John Dean issues statement saying he won't be made scapegoat in Watergate case. White House Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler caught by surprise at Dean's statement. Tells reporters Nixon not looking for scapegoat, only the truth. Mrs. John Dean seen packing suitcases by reporter She says she's taking a vacation.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel
(DC) Peter Wolf, Washington, DC attorney, says former client had in his possession last summer contents of E. Howard Hunt's desk, include plans to bug Watergate. Client low-level ofr. in White House Took bugging plans to attorney under orders. Returned plans just before November elections. [WOLF - says wanted plans published at the time and still does.] Wolf says tried to interest Watergate prosecutor Earl Silbert in document but that he wasn't interested. Silbert denies story.
REPORTER: Bill Zimmerman
(Studio) Grand jury hearing Watergate case continues hearing testimony.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
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