ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 01, 1973
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(Studio) Former chief of staff H.R. Haldeman appears for final day of questioning before Senate Watergate committee
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Capitol Hill) Haldeman comes under heavy attack by Senators Senator Dan. Inouye reads memo from aide Alexander Butterfield to Haldeman. [INOUYE - asks if loyalty more important than truth.] [HALDEMAN - says loyalty important but truth more important] Air Force cost expert Fitzgerald blew whistle on cost overruns and was fired. Fitzgerald was subject of memo. [Senator Joseph MONTOYA - reads list of names allegedly on enemies list.] [HALDEMAN - states list of names opposed administration's position on war.] [MONTOYA - questions administration's right to keep citizens from disagreeing with Nixon policies.] [HALDEMAN - says they had a right, but weren't entitled to President' hospitality.] [MONTOYA - asks if enemies' list served as exclusion list for White House] [HALDEMAN - confirms.] [Senator Lowell WEICKER - reads memo from Bill Hinkle, Secret Service agent, to Haldeman describing violent demonstrations and obscene signs that would be present at Billy Graham meeting in North Carolina with President Nixon present. Beside memo, Haldeman writes words of approval.] Haldeman denies demonstrators ordered by President' friends. [HALDEMAN - testifies his reaction to memo resulted from approval that public would recognize demonstrators as organized group not members of audience dissenting individually.] Weicker reads another memo from Haldeman to John Dean. Haldeman accepts responsibility for memo. [WEICKER - reads memo asking for linkage between demonstrations, Communist money and Democrats] [HALDEMAN - says he asked Dean only for facts, not to put out slanderous story.] [WEICKER - charges Haldeman should know if allegations are true before sending memo. Calls attempted slander on Democratic party by highest cnsls. a total disgrace.] Senate Watergate committee votes to delay testimony from Chas. Colson till after committee returns from vacation. Dissention among committee members
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(White House) President intends to give major speech on Watergate after Ervin committee recesses within 10 days. President' tone to be 1 of strength and conciliation. Reporters catch Tricia Nixon Cox and press her for statement about her father mentioning resignation to family. [COX - says resignation mentioned only in passing, but President couldn't resign since he did nothing wrong. Believes President will lead country to world peace.]
REPORTER: Herbert Kaplow
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