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Watergate Issue / Haldeman Book #256409

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 16, 1978
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(Studio) Statements with regard to Richard Nixon's knowledge of Watergate events as presented in H.R. Haldeman's forthcoming book noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Haldeman's charges with regard to Nixon's initiation, through aide Charles Colson, of Watergate break-in in order to get information with regard to relations between Democratic national chairperson Larry O'Brien and Howard Hughes outlined. Contradictions in Haldeman's conjectures in book with his testimony to Senate Watergate Committee noted; film shown. [HALDEMAN - has confidence that truth will show neither President Nixon nor self had knowledge of or participated in Watergate break-in or cover-up.] Passages from book quoted. Haldeman's statements with regard to erasure of 18 1/2 mirE. from Nixon tape and involvement of Rose Mary Woods in incident noted. [COLSON - reacts to Haldeman statements; compares book to hoax by Clifford Irving.] Other claims by Haldeman cited include attitudes of Henry Kissinger and his involvement in initiation of FBI wiretaps and attempts to stop publication of Pentagon Papers and reports that USSR asked United States to join in nuclear attack on China (PR). Kissinger's reaction, stated in Tampa, Florida, noted. [KISSINGER - denies United States discussion with USSR about attacking China.] Nixon spokesperson Jack Brennan's statement in response to Haldeman book cited, include announcement of Nixon's upcoming book debut date.
REPORTER: Fred Graham

(Studio) Haldeman's explanation of Nixon's apparent heavy drinking quoted. Report on leaks from book despite security.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Confusion caused by early leak of information from book and reactions of those associated with it, Times Book Company, "New York Times", "Washington (DC) Post", "Newsweek" which paid for rights to book, detailed.
REPORTER: David Culhane

(Studio) Jo Haldeman's statement, in interview with "Ladies' Home Journal", about silence Nixon has kept at San Clemente since Haldeman's conviction and imprisonment at Lompoc Prison quoted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Culhane, David;
Graham, Fred

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