ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 18, 1973
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(Studio) Differing testimony on Liddy's Watergate plan approval. Dep. director for reelection committee Jeb Magruder says John Mitchell, former Attorney General, approved plan. Mitchell denies. Former White House aide Fred. LaRue tells Senate Watergate committee another version.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Capitol Hill) LaRue admits own involvement in Watergate, [LaRUE - states at March 30 meeting LaRue told Mitchell Gordon Liddy's Watergate plan too risky. Mitchell said matter could be decided at another meeting] [Senator Sam DASH - concludes Mitchell didn't reject Liddy's plan outright.] LaRue confirms. [LaRUE - reports 2 days after Watergate burglary Mitchell said Jeb Magruder's files might be better off if there was a fire.] 2nd witness Anthony Ulasewicz allegedly distributed $219,000 to Watergate defendants' families and their lawyers. [Former NYC policeman ULASEWICZ - reports former Nixon attorney Herbert Kalmbach said money for humanitarian purpose.] [Assistant majority cnsl. Terry LENZER - asks if conversations occurred in telephone booths between Ulasewicz and Kalmbach.] Ulasewicz confirms. [LENZER - asks if carried change for calls and how he carried it.] [ULASEWICZ - tells how changemaker used for calls.] When Mrs. Howard Hunt began voicing money demands Ulasewicz talked to Kalmbach. [ULASEWICZ - tells of conversation with Kalmbach. Urged Kalmbach to get out of mess. Something not right.] [Assistant minority cnsl. William SHURE - asks if Mrs, Hunt's demands and Kalmbach's fund increases became so vast that it became evident money was used for something besides family support and lawyers.] Ulasewicz agrees. [Senator Lowell WEICKER - asks Ulasewicz where all Watergate defendants are now. [ULASEWICZ - says all in prison and Mrs. Hunt dead.] [WEICKER - states Ulasewicz's part in Watergate cover-up no joke. Great tragedy.] Ulasewicz to return at later date before Senate Watergate committee
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson