ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 16, 1973
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(Studio) Nixon clarifies statement with regard to John Dean's Watergate report
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(White House) Press Secretary Ron Ziegler says John Dean never submitted Watergate report in writing, but that Dean did investigate Watergate and talked with Ziegler several times about it. White House story is that Dean made Watergate report to Haldeman and Ehrlichman and they in turn told Nixon of it. Nixon then publicly stated nobody currently employed in administration was involved in Watergate.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel
(Studio) Judge John Sirica grants Senate Watergate committee request to give Gordon Liddy limited immunity. James McCord suing Nixon for damages because of Watergate. Warren Christopher, candidate of Attorney General designate Elliot Richardson for special Watergate prosecutor withdraws himself from consideration. Senate committee begins Watergate probe tomorrow at 10 a.m. EST.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Capitol Hill) Senators Sam Ervin and Howard Baker serve as chairperson and vice-chairperson Watergate committee Senators Talmadge, Inouye, Montoya, Gurney and Weicker are also on committee First witness will be Robert Odle, Nixon campaign official. Odle has testified James McCord hired to provide security for Republican offices. sergeant Paul Leeper will testify to catching 5 men with bugging equipment June 17 at Watergate headquarters James McCord will be committee 's third witness. [ERVIN - says hopes committee can find out whether Nixon involved in Watergate.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson