ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 17, 1973
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(Studio) Dispute quickens over White House documents and tapes. Senate Watergate committee wants documents and tapes, but President reluctant.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Bethesda Naval Hospital, MD) Lawyers meet with top President advisers and President himself to discuss surprise disclosure of White House bugging system. Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler peppered with reporters' questions. [ZIEGLER - states won't get into subject of buggings. To discuss another time.] [REPORTER - asks if transcripts of tapes and tapes themselves considered presidential documents.] Ziegler confirms statement. [REPORTER - asks if President has decided one way or the other about releasing tapes.] [ZIEGLER - thinks President to make announcement about tapes when perspective seems right.] President already announced no presidential documents to be given to Senate Watergate committee With Ziegler's classifying tapes as presidential documents, could be tip-off on President decision in with regard to tapes and Senate committee
REPORTER: Jerry Landay
(Capitol Hill) Watergate committee chairperson Sam Ervin announces Treasury Department and Secret Service officials subpoenaed to learn more about tapes. President replies through Treasury Secretary George Shultz. Letter forwarded to Senate Watergate committee [ERVIN - reads President gives executive clemency to any Secret Service agent subpoenaed. President to act on procedures with regard to White House as soon as information received Ervin to send direct request to President for cooperation with Senate committee in turning over tapes and documents.] [Senator Howard BAKER - hopes meeting tentatively scheduled between Ervin and President to occur soon. If not, perhaps White House staff could meet with Watergate committee members to discuss solution.] Committee agrees to suspend action to question Treasury officials about tapes.
REPORTER: Bill Zimmerman
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