ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 24, 1973
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(Studio) Senate Watergate hearings begin again.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Capitol Hill) Former CIA official Howard Hunt testifies before committee Hunt found inside Watergate during last year's break-in; Hunt now requests earlier guilty plea be changed to not guilty. [HUNT - describes physical and emotional damage to himself since entering guilty plea to conspiracy.] Co-conspirator G. Gordon Liddy told Hunt former Attorney General John Mitchell behind intelligence gathering plan. Hunt links Chas. Colson to White House dirty tricks, but apparent Colson knew nothing about Ellsberg break-in. [Majority committee cnsl. Sam. DASH - asks if Hunt tried to show photos of Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office break-in.] [HUNT - states effort made, but Colson refused to view pictures or hear anything about break-in.] Hunt's attitude changed with regard to Colson's knowledge of covert activities. [HUNT - reveals Colson financed Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office entry. Says he learned information during appearance before Watergate grand jury.] Hunt's accusations involving Colson hearsay. [HUNT - indicates Colson told him in January, 1972, he was aware of overall intelligence plan.] [DASH - asks if any other plan involved Liddy except Gemstone plan. Questions Hunt if Colson meant Gemstone plan in conversation.] [HUNT - states Liddy had no other involvement; believes Colson referred to Gemstone in conversation with Hunt.] Hunt refuses to link Colson with prior knowledge of Watergate break-in; concedes Hunt believed Colson had no knowledge of Gemstone till this month Hunt to return for more questioning tomorrow before ending Watergate phase of hearings.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson