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Watergate / 18-Min. Gap #28161

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 15, 1974
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(Studio) Background details of 18-min. gap on White House tape reviewed. Conversation between President and H.R. Haldeman missing. Judge John Sirica ordered electronics experts to study gap in tape; results learned today.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Experts refute Rose Mary Woods' theory. President' Watergate defense head James Saint Clair has rough day in court Experts say buzz was result of 5 or 9 erasures. Complete findings outlined. Dr. Richard Bolt, electronics expert, dryly comments on deliberate or accidental erasures.
REPORTER: David Schoumacher; ARTIST: Freda Reiter

(DC) White House tries to convey feeling of President' commitment to running government Budget director Roy Ash approves budget. Aides say President works on state of union message. President' lawyers refuse comment on latest news. Alexander Haig's "devil theory" remains to explain 18-min. gap.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Studio) Vice-chairperson Senate Watergate committee Howard Baker says news potentially damaging to President
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) [Watergate committee member Senator Daniel INOUYE - thinks White House should provide explanations to American people.] [Former Attorney General Elliot RICHARDSON - expresses dismay and concern over news. Credibility at stake.] New tape disclosure to stir fresh impeachment talk.

Clark, Bob;
Jarriel, Tom;
Reasoner, Harry;
Schoumacher, David;
Smith, Howard K.

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