ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 11, 1973
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(Studio) Senate Watergate committee questions former Attorney General John Mitchell intensively about testimony given.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Capitol Hill) Mitchell doesn't sway from original testimony during tough questioning from Senators [Committee chairperson Sam ERVIN - asks if Mitchell told President anything about White House horrors at any time.] Mitchell says no. [ERVIN - asks if President asked Mitchell about Watergate.] [MITCHELL - replies no, not after discussion on June 20.] Mitchell volunteers no information and answers exactly, but Mitchell's own involvement in Watergate comes out. Mitchell admits knowing about Jeb Magruder's intent to perjure himself before grand jury, Howard Hunt's consideration for executive clemency. [Senator Howard BAKER - questions Mitchell about self-designated authority to keep Watergate cover-up and White House horrors from President President should have made decision.] [MITCHELL - says kept Watergate from President because obvious consequences to follow.] [BAKER - questions why President shouldn't make decision.] [MITCHELL - states if President made decision, would have been involved in Watergate cover-up or in disclosures that would affect reelection.] [BAKER - asks if it's not unfair for President to be in suspicion now about earlier cover-up knowledge.] [MITCHELL - states he doesn't believe nation feels suspicion.] [BAKER - asks if in hindsight, Mitchell should have allowed President to know and make decision on Watergate matter for himself and nation.] [MITCHELL - says with developments from June `72 to present, it would have been better to let President know.] Senator Lowell Weicker gives Mitchell hardest questioning about concealing crimes after President reelected. [WEICKER - asks if anything in country besides President awes Mitchell.] [MITCHELL - admits cts put him in awe along with oath as an attorney] [WEICKER - questions if Mitchell believes he was right to keep White House horrors from Judge Byrne.] [MITCHELL - states it' would have been right thing to do.] Mitchell adds that it's a great trial being conducted. He's right and American to judge all witnesses.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
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