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Watergate Hearings / Ehrlichman #26908

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 25, 1973
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(Studio) Former White House aide John Ehrlichman returns for 2nd day before Senate Watergate committee
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Capitol Hill) Senate Watergate committee chairperson Sam Ervin and Ehrlichman'-s lawyer John Wilson exchange verbal blows with regard to President' power to protect ntl. security even if methods illegal. Wilson believes Ellsberg break-in was justified on such grounds. [Senator Herman TALMADGE - refreshes Ehrlichman's memory on law. Says every man's home is his castle and no one can enter without permission.] [EHRLICHMAN - states law has been eroded.] [TALMADGE - asks if President authorized Ellsberg break-in.] [EHRLICHMAN - says he didn't to his knowledge.] [TALMADGE - questions if Press didn't deny authorization.] [EHRLICHMAN - states he has read such statements. Insists he was present for meeting between President and Egil Krogh, head of plumber's unit. Says President made it clear that Krogh and plumber"s unit were to take such steps as were necessary.] On other subjects, Ehrlichman denies John Dean's testimony that Ehrlichman went to President to ask executive clemency for Howard Hunt and received it. Ehrlichman also denies Dean's testimony with regard to Ehrlichman's orders to acting FBI director Patrick Gray to destroy sensitive document in Hunt's White House safe. Ehrlichman recalls talking to Gray in President' presence. [EHRLICHMAN - testifies he told Gray that President and Attorney General had been talking about sensitive documents. Dean had told prosecuting attorney about these documents and Gray said he would deny knowledge of documents. Ehrlichman said Gray couldn't deny knowledge of documents, but Gray said documents were destroyed.] Senator Daniel Inouye questions Ehrlichman about mtgs. with Pentagon Papers trial judge Matthew Byrne. Talk of FBI directorship bantered. Ehrlichman says he was not trying to influence trial. [INOUYE - asks if he ever told Judge Byrne about Ehrlichman's knowledge of break-in in Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office.] Ehrlichman replies negatively. [INOUYE - asks why he didn't.] [EHRLICHMAN - testifies it would have been improper since he was under restriction of President with regard to national security and because no member of executive branch would talk to judge about current case.] After Inouye's questioning, voice is heard saying "Boy, what a liar." Inouye denies it was his voice. [INOUYE - says he doesn't recall saying that, but he could possibly have said it.] Tomorrow, President must answer Watergate committee 's subpoenas. If not, Ervin says committee to go to court Feels Supreme Court to rule in committee 's favor.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Donaldson, Sam;
Smith, Howard K.

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