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Watergate Hearings / Kalmbach #26749

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jul 16, 1973
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(Studio) Former Nixon attorney Herbert Kalmbach testifies before Senate Watergate committee
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Capitol Hill) Kalmbach admits raising money for Watergate defendants, but denies any wrongdoing. Recd. orders from former White House cnsl. John Dean. Used code names and made calls from pay phones. Kalmbach became worried about actions. Talked to John Ehrlichman. [KALMBACH - says Ehrlichman familiar with fund-raising assignment for defendants given to Kalmbach by Dean. Kalmbach asked Ehrlichman for assurance that Dean had authority to give orders, that assignment was proper and that Kalmbach should proceed. Ehrlichman gave go-ahead. Ehrlichman told Kalmbach that secrecy needed to keep press from misinterpreting money payment to defendants.] Kalmbach continued raising and distributing money for defendants. [KALMBACH - states that someone above Ehrlichmen and Dean had given go-ahead to provide Watergate defendants with lawyers and money for families, and Kalmbach abided by belief.] By mid-August Kalmbach ready to get out. Says Ehrlichman's assurances no longer reassuring.
REPORTER: Bill Zimmerman

Reasoner, Harry;
Zimmerman, Bill

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