ABC Evening News for Monday, Jul 23, 1973
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(Studio) Former assistant to M.R. Haldeman, Gordon Strachan, back for 2nd day at Senate Watergate hearings. Strachan believes Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and President all involved in Watergate cover-up. Strachan tells Senator Joseph Montoya his advice to young people interested in public service would be to stay away.
REPORTER: Bill Beutel
(Capitol Hill) [STRACHAN - states several White House aides could record telephone conversations on their phones.] [Senator Lowell WEICKER - asks for names.] [STRACHAN - names himself, Charles Colson, Strachan's secretary, and Larry Higby as having recorders on their phones.] Strachan states he sent memo to Haldeman with regard to Liddy intelligence gathering system 2 mos. before Watergate break-in. After break-in, Haldeman and Strachan met again. [STRACHAN - states Haldeman told him to clean the files. Took documents and shredded them.] [Cnsl. Sam DASH - asks if Strachan took action on own initiative or if he thought he was following Haldeman's orders.] [STRACHAN - states he was carrying out Haldeman's orders.] [Senator Joseph MONTOYA - asks if John Dean a truthful man.] [STRACHAN - states Dean never lied to him as far as he knew.] [MONTOYA - questions if Dean said he told President about Watergate and cover-up, would Strachan believe Dean.] [STRACHAN - replies Dean would be truthful in his opinion.] Strachan describes Jeb Magruder as less than honest. Watergate committee to hear John Ehrlichman tomorrow.
REPORTER: Bill Zimmerman