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Watergate Hearings / Haldeman #27018

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 31, 1973
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(Studio) Former White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman returns to Senate Watergate committee for testimony. Watergate committee shocked by Haldeman's disclosure that he had access to White House tapes to help prepare his testimony.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Capitol Hill) Haldeman states tapes convince him John Dean's testimony was wrong. Haldeman says President trying to determine what Dean knew about Watergate by asking leading questions at mtgs. [HALDEMAN - testifies President led Dean in 1 way then in the other. Says President told Dean they could raise $1 million hush money, but it would be wrong.] [Senator Howard BAKER - questions Haldeman about "it would be wrong" phrase.] [HALDEMAN - assures Baker that end phrase- was used on tape.] [BAKER - asks if Haldeman heard phrase himself.] Haldeman confirms. [Senator Lowell WEICKER - believes it's unfair that Haldeman should testify with help of White House tapes. Senate Watergate committee can't hear tapes and no other witnesses allowed to use tapes for their defense.] [Committee chairperson Sam ERVIN - believes evidence of White House tapes is counterfeit since real tapes are in White House] Ervin thinks Haldeman, lawyers, and White House conspired to trick him. [ERVIN - says this was Haldeman, President and lawyers' attempt to make White House tapes public through Haldeman's testimony, after refusing access to tapes to Watergate committee ] [HALDEMAN - states anything said about tapes gained solely from listening to tapes was revealed after Ervin overruled White House objection to remain silent.] [ERVIN - states if White House really meant objection to be sustained, White House lawyers would be down committee 's throat.] [BAKER - asks if Haldeman would be agreeable personally to playing 2 White House tapes Haldeman listened to.] [HALDEMAN - says he would welcome opportunity. Would confirm testimony given.] Committee looks into legalities with regard to President allowing private citizen Haldeman to take 1 tape home. Committee hopes public sees tape release to Haldeman as White House dirty trick.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Donaldson, Sam;
Smith, Howard K.

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