ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 01, 1975
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(S-DC) Howard K. Smith and David Schoumacher talk with regard to Watergate cover-up trial. David Schoumacher notes cold spell. David Schoumacher and others felt guilty verdict was expected. Mardian and Parkinson considered selves innocent. Describes latter's reactions. Mitchell sagged at verdict. [EHRLICHMAN - says verdict not surprise. Had been concerned over getting fair trial in DC. Pol. publicity has been pervasive. Amazed at number people who're here and not watching Rose Bowl. Cites tragedy of those witnesses whose lives were torn up by process. History may strike different balance than some instant commentators. Possible to make too much of Watergate. Not even Eric Sevareid could make balance. Strongly regrets not having aid of Nixon's testimony. His knowledge of events would have established innocence. Pardon carries connotation of guilt. Not guilty of charges. Practical considerations for pardon, too. Not at end of judicial system yet.]
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith; David Schoumacher
(Studio) Press conference live.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
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