ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 27, 1973
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(Studio) Former White House aide John Ehrlichman returns to Senate Watergate committee for 4th day.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Capitol Hill) Ehrlichman doubts former aide John Dean's testimony re: Dean's telling President about Watergate scandal at March 21. Ehrlichman says on March 21 meeting, M.R. Haldeman, President, Dean and Ehrlichman met to determine best way to get Watergate facts. [EHRLICHMAN - states President wanted White House staff to go to grand jury and not Senate Watergate committee to get Watergate scandal cleaned up. President' plan was a premise for argument, not a final decision.] Ehrlichman says President didn't like John Dean's handling of Watergate investigation. Probe turned over to Ehrlichman who learned Dean thought Haldeman and Ehrlichman were clean in Watergate matter but not former Attorney General John Mitchell. Mitchell, Charles Colson thought,was unbalanced. From these reports and from Attorney General Richard Kleindienst, President suspected some White House aide involvement. [Senator Lowell WEICKER - asks if Ehrlichman considers probes of personal habits of persons during political campaigns by private investigators proper.] [EHRLICHMAN - testifies many politicians aren't carrying out duties properly because of drinking habits, etc. Finds investigation proper to make voters aware of politician's true character.] Ehrlichman to return next week Senate Watergate committee chairperson and vice chairperson Sam Ervin and Howard Baker meet with White House cnsls. Leonard Garment and Fred. Buzhardt to discuss information Ehrlichman claims he couldn't give committee because of ntl. security.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
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