NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 12, 1973
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(Studio) At hearings for Gray confirmation for FBI chief, testimony shows much information on Watergate case reported in papers true while much of what Nixon said about case false.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Washington, DC "Post" most aggressive paper in Watergate investigation. Suggested bugging involved whole Republican party and was not just isolated incident. [President Press Secretary Ronald ZIEGLER - says doesn't respect shabby journalism of Washington, DC "Post.") Statement made October, 1972. "Post" said Republicans had secret fund to pay for spying. White House denied it. [ZIEGLER - says no secret fund existed. John Dean said no fund existed.] But at Watergate trial Hugh Sloan, Nixon reelection treasurer, testified such fund did exist. "Post" said Nixon attorney used fund to pay Don. Segretti, political spy. White House denied it. [ZIEGLER - says matter has reached levels of unbelievable absurdity. Stories based on hearsay.] But acting FBI chief L. Pat. Gray testified last week that Nixon attorney Herbert Kalmbach paid Segretti over $30,000. "Post" said Segretti hired at urging of President appointments secretary White House denied it. [ZIEGLER - says "Post" story based on hearsay. Is shabbiest type journalistic technique.] Gray testified appointments secretary Dwight Chapin arranged for Segretti to get his job and arranged $30,000 payment. Next month Senate subcommittee will investigate Watergate further.
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker
5:44:30 "NIXON CAMPAIGN "/ "LAW VIOLATION"
(Studio) Comptroller General Elmer Staats charges $200,000 contribution to Nixon reelection committee made in violation Federal Campaign Act. Contribution made by financier Robert Vesco.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
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