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Watergate Case #25603

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 30, 1973
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(Studio) President Nixon accepts resignations 3 top aides.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(White House) Nixon goes on television 9 EST tonight to discuss Watergate. Accepts resignations aides H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman. Attorney General Richard Kleindienst also resigns and is replaced by Elliot Richardson. [Press Secretary Ronald ZIEGLER - says resignations should not be seen as evidence of any wrongdoing.] Haldeman and Ehrlichman say they are resigning because their integrity is in question and their authority therefore impeded. John Dean was fired. Kleindienst resigns because says close friends implicated in scandal and he doesn't want to be Attorney General John Mitchell impt. in getting Kleindienst his job.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Justice Department) [KLEINDIENST - says Nixon needs Attorney General who can help in all cases, especially Watergate.] Kleindienst was less than vigorous in pursuing Watergate case and later took himself off case altogether.
REPORTER: David Schoumacher

(DC) Elliot Richardson, Kleindienst's successor, regarded as man of complete integrity. Has been Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary, Defense Secretary and now if confirmed will be Attorney General [RICHARDSON - says felt had duty to President to accept job.]
REPORTER: Roger Peterson

(Capitol Hill) Congress Republicans happy about resignations. [Senator Robert DOLE - says glad Haldeman and Ehrlichman, symbols of arrogance, have resigned.] [Senator William SAXBE - says now perhaps Watergate can be cleared up.] [Senator Barry GOLDWATER - says public will see resignations as sign of guilt.] [Senator Hugh SCOTT - says is glad about resignations.] Senator Sam Ervin's Watergate committee begins investigations in May.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Donaldson, Sam;
Jarriel, Tom;
Peterson, Roger;
Schoumacher, David;
Smith, Howard K.

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