ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 07, 1973
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(Studio) Senate Watergate committee ends 1st phase of hearings today after former Attorney General Richard Kleindienst and his deputy Henry Petersen appear.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Capitol Hill) [KLEINDIENST - testifies he told President on Apr. 15, `73 Watergate affair involved White House President seemed upset.] [Minority cnsl. Fred THOMPSON - asks if Kleindienst recalls spking. with President in `72 about Watergate matter.] [KLEINDIENST - says he had conversation with President almost immediately after Watergate break-in. President told Kleindienst to begin thorough investigation.] Kleindienst's deputy Petersen doesn't recall President being dumfounded on Apr. 15. [PETERSEN - says President showed concern but also calm. He advised President to dismiss H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman. President understood Petersen's position, but said he owed fairness to Haldeman and Ehrlichman also.] Petersen not intimidated by President [PETERSEN - recalls he told President he would resign if he (Petersen) couldn't believe in President Informed President he would if evidence against President found.] [Assistant chief cnsl. David DORSEN - asks if last Apr. 25 was 1st time President learned about White House involvement in Ellsberg break-in.] [KLEINDIENST - remains unsure, but knows President quite upset over news.] Petersen recalls telling President about Ellsberg break-in on Apr. 18, 1972. [PETERSEN - testifies President told him he knew about report of break-in. Insisted Petersen stay out of it because it was national security matter. Petersen to probe Watergate only, according to President] Petersen headed Watergate investigation for Justice Department till Archibald Cox appted. Petersen defends his probe into Watergate. [PETERSEN - resents Cox's appointed Bad reflection on Petersen and Justice Department Believes he would have broken case if it hadn't been snatched away.] Hearings resume September 10.
REPORTER: Bill Zimmerman
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