ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 29, 1974
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(Studio) Yesterday, Maurice Stans and John Mitchell found innocent of perjury and conspiracy charges. Stans, Mitchell trial not connected with Watergate, but key witness in Mitchell, Stans case was John Dean; Dean is principal accuser of President in Watergate allegations. Dean's credibility drops.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) [Vice President Gerald FORD - feels reassured since Stans and Mitchell cleared; Dean's credibility eroded.] [Representative Robert McCLORY - doesn't think House Judiciary Committee will rely on any Dean testimony in impeachment probe unless it's hard, factual evidence.] [Senator Mike MANSFIELD - thinks Stans, Mitchell case won't affect President but reaffirms maxim that every man innocent till proven guilty.]
REPORTER: No reporter given
(DC) Special prosecutor Leon Jaworski and top aides refuse comment on Mitchell, Stans verdict. Many of young prosecutors upset. Prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste still says John Dean is excellent witness.
REPORTER: David Schoumacher
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