ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 10, 1973
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(Studio) Former Attorney General John Mitchell testifies before Senate Watergate committee Denies giving consent for Watergate bugging. Admits involvement in Watergate cover-up, but says President knew nothing about Watergate matter.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Capitol Hill) [MITCHELL - says G. Gordon Liddy's plan for bugging preposterous. Full of horrors.] [Majority cnsl. Sam DASH - asks what Mitchell did after Liddy finished plans.] [MITCHELL - states he told Liddy to burn everything. It wasn't a plan they needed.] Dep. director Jeb Magruder and Liddy brought more plans to Mitchell. On March 30 Mitchell refused to approve plan again. Magruder testified Mitchell gave go-ahead for bugging plan at meeting Denies knowledge of Gemstone files. [DASH - questions if there was concern over Watergate matter being revealed during campaign.] [MITCHELL - says all had mutual concern. Reason behind not volunteering information to anyone during period.] [DASH - asks if President aware of bugging and cover-up.] [MITCHELL - replies no.] [DASH - queries if Mitchell told President about Watergate.] [MITCHELL - testifies he didn't tell President because President' knowledge would result in actions detrimental to campaign.] [Senator Herman TALMADGE - asks if Mitchell placed immediate reelection of President over telling President about perjury, conspiracy, etc., surrounding him.] Mitchell affirms statement. Mitchell denies asking anyone to raise hush money for Watergate defendants but admits having knowledge of money being paid to them for something.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
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