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Watergate Hearings #25842

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 18, 1973
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(Studio) James McCord testifies at Senate Watergate hearings.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Capitol Hill) [James MCCORD - says Gordon Liddy told him John Mitchell, John Dean and Jeb Magruder were planning espionage activities. According to Liddy, mtgs. were held in Mitchell's offices. John Caulfield told him White House wanted him to remain silent in Watergate trial. Was told Nixon would give him executive clemency and financial help while in prison. Would be given job when got out of prison. McCord assured by Caulfield that Nixon knew of offers, would be informed of McCord's decision on whether to remain silent, and would send McCord personal message later.] [Senator Edward GURNEY - points out Caulfield not employed by White House but by Treasury Department at time offers made.] Caulfield employed by White House when McCord hired by Nixon campaign. [Senator Sam. ERVIN - points out McCord had no direct knowledge of Nixon's involvement in offers of executive clemency.] [MCCORD - describes mtgs. with Caulfield during which Caulfield told McCord he would receive executive clemency for remaining silent during Watergate trial.] John Caulfield to testify to Senator after McCord's testimony completed.
REPORTER: Sam. Donaldson

(Studio) Caulfield issues statement confirming major part of McCord's testimony.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Studio) White House reacts to Watergate hearings testimony.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(White House) President spokesperson Ronald Ziegler says Nixon never offered executive clemency to anyone. Nixon does not intend to resign but insists on carrying on government business as usual.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

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

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