ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 26, 1973
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(Studio) Assistant Attorney General Henry Petersen requests all transcripts from Watergate grand jury investigation.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(White House) Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler, at request Henry Petersen, declines comment on Watergate. Ziegler does reveal Nixon has been talking frequently with Peterson and met again today with John J. Wilson, attorney for H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman.
REPORTER: Stephen Geer
(NYC) 3 high-level administration sources report that in February John Ehrlichman and Charles Colson told President that John Mitchell and John Dean appeared to have been involved in planning Watergate bugging and that Dean's Watergate investigation had been deliberately misleading. Nixon demanded proof and ordered Dean to submit written report on his investigations. Dean told Nixon he couldn't. In April Ehrlichman confronted Dean with charges of having been involved in bugging and later with having tried to bribe Watergate defendants to keep quiet. Dean then said to have gone to Justice Department and offered testimony in exchange for immunity. Immunity was denied, but Dean offered statements anyway. Both John Dean and Jeb Magruder implicated John Mitchell and other top White House aides. President then ordered full disclosures, but' only after he completes own investigation.
REPORTER: Bill Gill
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