ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 22, 1974
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(Studio) Admin. reacts to suggestions of President' resignation and Senator Hugh Scott's statement with regard to President' innocence in Watergate.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(White House) Press Secretary Ron Ziegler insists President won't resign. Nixon intends to turn to other business and refuses to dwell on Watergate in `74. In line with plans, Nixon meets with Teamsters president Frank Fitzsimmons, pleading case of truckers. Throughout day, President meets with Congmen. and senior aides. Nixon convinced 18-min. erasure not deliberate, according to Ziegler. Supposedly, White House has information to refute John Dean's testimony, involving President in Watergate, but White House refuses to release proof because of legal considerations.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel
(Capitol Hill) Vice President Gerald Ford holds news conference [FORD - insists President had no prior knowledge of Watergate and didn't participate in cover-up.] Ford in position to view information that would exonerate President of Watergate charges. [FORD - admits President volunteered to show information to him, but he hasn't seen it yet.]
REPORTER: Bob Clark
(DC) Special prosecutor's office hasn't found information refuting Dean's testimony and exonerating President in any tapes and documents from White House Aide to Senator Scott looks for more evidence to back Sen's. claim; reasons for action given. Electronics company differs with technical experts' conclusion with regard to 18-min. erasure on White House tape. Officials of electronics company explain 5 separate erasures differently; details given.
REPORTER: David Schoumacher