ABC Evening News for Monday, Aug 06, 1973
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(Studio) Former acting FBI director L. Patrick Gray goes before Senate Watergate committee for 2nd day.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Capitol Hill) Gray says he warned President in July, 1972, in phone conversation about wrongdoings of staff members with regard to Watergate probe and how staff could mortally wound President [Senator Herman TALMADGE - asks if President should have been alerted to wrongdoings of staff on basis of Gray's warning.] [GRAY - replies he expected President to ask more questions. When neither he nor Walters heard any word from President, Gray thought they had been alarmists.] Gray states he never received orders to report Watergate findings directly to President as Nixon says he gave orders on March 21. During tough Senator confirmation hearings for Gray, President called. [GRAY - recalls President told him there would be another day to get at enemies. Place always ready for Gray in Nixon administration, according to President President restated orders to Gray to continue complete probe of Watergate.] [Senator Daniel INOUYE - questions Gray further on President' last statement in phone call.] [GRAY - says he thought President wanted to make sure statement was on the record.] After public announcement that Gray destroyed Hunt files Gray called to Attorney General Richard Kleindienst's office. Assistant Attorney, General Henry Peterson present at meeting also. [GRAY - recalls Kleindienst leaving to talk to President about firing Gray. Petersen told Gray he was scared because he and Gray were expendable; H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman weren't. Kleindienst told Gray to continue as acting FBI director on President' orders. Gray states he received orders to burn Hunt files and he would testify to that no matter who was involved.] Gray decided to resign from FBI dirship. [GRAY - believes he had too much trust in President and White House staff to imagine being used by White House in Watergate matter so he resigned.] Former Attorney General Richard Kleindienst to testify next.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(DC) American Bar Association meets in Washington, DC and subject of Watergate arises. [Outgoing ABA president Robert MESERVE - says members concerned over professional standing of lawyers involved in Watergate matter. Believes disciplinary action against lawyers should be taken.] Resolution submitted to allow ea state bar association to decide if action should be taken against President Nixon, John Dean, John Ehrlichman, John Mitchell, Egil Krogh and other lawyers involved in Watergate affair.
REPORTER: Virginia Sherwood
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