ABC Evening News for Monday, May 21, 1973
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(Studio) Senate Foreign Relations Committee begins public hearings on CIA involvement in Watergate case.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Capitol Hill) Former CIA chief Richard Helms testifies to Senator For. Relations Committee he went to White House last summer with deputy CIA chief Vernon-Walters and met with M.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman. Haldeman wanted Walters togo to FBI and tell FBI chief L. Pat. Gray that FBI investigation into alleged money laundering could interfere with CIA activities in Mexico. Walters has testified Haldeman said request was that of President [Senator Charles PERCY - asks Helms if he remembers Haldeman statement that Nixon wished CIA to halt FBI investigation.] [HELMS - says can't recall whether Haldeman made such statement.] CIA refused to comply with White House request. [Senator Hubert HUMPHREY - condemns any efforts to compromise CIA.] Senator Stuart Symington says in 1970 was proposal in executive branch to increase United States espionage role of CIA and Defense Department Symington quotes former White House employee Tom Charles Houston in saying proposals possibly reflect decision to allow violations of law in collection of intelligence on United States citizens. Copy of plans among documents taken from White House by John Dean and placed in safety deposit box.
REPORTER: Bill Zimmerman