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Watergate Hearings #25821

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 17, 1973
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(Studio) Watergate hearings begin in Senate
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) [Senator Sam. ERVIN - says Watergate has cast shadow of doubt over integrity of whole political system.] [Senator Howard BAKER - says worst effect of Watergate scandal would be to make people drop out of politics.] [Former Nixon campaign official Robert ODLE - says was not aware of Watergate bugging until some time later. Recalls seeing Gordon Liddy on day of bugging. At that time Liddy was preparing to shred papers. Odle testifies to taking some papers belonging to Jeb Magruder home with him on Saturday bugging. Odle returned papers Monday]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Nixon doesn't watch Watergate hearings.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(White House) Nixon says will get summaries of hearings from aides daily. Wants business as usual to go on at White House Meets with Cleveland Mayor Ralph Perk; drafts cables to Henry Kissinger in Paris; works on plans for Soviet summit mtgs. Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler says has no knowledge Senator Thomas Eagleton's medical records were in hands White House before reporters heard of them.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

Donaldson, Sam;
Jarriel, Tom;
Smith, Howard K.

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