ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 27, 1973
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(Studio) Former White House cnsl. John Dean begins 3rd day at Senate Watergate hearings. Comes under fire by Senators, but Dean conts. to hurt Nixon admin.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Capitol Hill) Dean's story tested by Senator Edward Gurney as he questioned Dean for 3 1/2 hrs. Probed deeply Dean's account of September 15 meeting with Nixon. [GURNEY - asks if President and Dean discussed cover-up money, Gordon Strachan bringing information to H.R. Haldeman, Strachan's instructions to destroy all materials, CIA cover-up plan or perjured testimony by Magruder.] Dean answers no to all. [GURNEY - demands how Dean could say President knew about Watergate burglary and involvement by President saying "Bob tells me you've done a good job." President may have been complimenting Dean on probe to discover any White House Watergate involvement.] [DEAN - says President would have mentioned the investigation if he meant that.] [GURNEY - asks if President really said "Bob tells me you've done a good job."] [DEAN - falters and says Gurney quibbling over words.] [GURNEY - replies President involvement at stake along with United States and federal government Charges Dean's thesis of President' Watergate knowledge based on impression. Not one fact.] [DEAN - repeats he's rpting. facts as he recalls them.] Gurney tries to damage Dean's character with questions about $4800 Dean took from reelection committee Dean replaced money with check written on insufficient funds. Replaced money this spring in cash. Senator Daniel Inouye asks Dean questions submitted by White House [INOUYE asks if Dean and John Mitchell prepared Jeb Magruder for perjured testimony.] [DEAN - says can't speak for Mitchell, but Dean helped Magruder with testimony. Effort by top White House aides John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman to hold Watergate case at Gordon Liddy's involvement.] John Dean submits White House enemies list. Former aide Charles Colson particularly felt anti-Nixon persons should be dealt with. [DEAN - reads memorandum from Colson to Dean telling how persons on enemy list should be handled. One person, Vice President Teamster's Union Harold J. Gibbons had tax discrepancy on tax return. Colson reports Gibbons as administration enemy and audit to be started at once.] Names included businessmen, journalists, actors, actresses, sports people, doctors. [Senate committee member Lowell WEICKER - believes President didn't see enemy list. But many people had no regard for Presidential campaign, or political No regard for Const. Aghast at thought of enemy list.] Dean to testify again for 4th day under Senators Howard Baker's and Sam Ervin's questioning. John Mitchell's testimony delayed until after July 4.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson