ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 12, 1973
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(Studio) Former Attorney General John Mitchell continues as witness at Watergate hearings. Testifies President' top aides John Ehrlichman and M.R. Haldeman involved in Watergate cover-up.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Capitol Hill) [MITCHELL - says Haldeman, Ehrlichman and Mitchell had mtgs. with regard to Howard Hunt, and G. Gordon Liddy. Afraid Liddy and Hunt would tell all about Watergate.] [Majority cnsl. Sam DASH - asks if any doubt Haldeman and Ehrlichman involved in keeping lid on Watergate.] [MITCHELL - says Haldeman and Ehrlichman had active concern as Mitchell did.] Mitchell states since President learned of cover-up officials and aides involved in Watergate were removed from White House by President [DASH - points out contradictions in testimony at Watergate hearings and earlier testimony to Democratic party lawyers and FBI. Asks if Mitchell makes distinction between not volunteering information and lying.] [MITCHELL - replies subject matter is dependent on answer.] [DASH - questions why committee should believe Mitchell's testimony when differences occur in earlier statements. Previous witnesses' testimony all contradict Mitchell's on approving Liddy's bugging plan, President involvement and knowledge of cover-up, and Mitchell's own participation in White House horrors.]
REPORTER: Bill Zimmerman