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Watergate Case #469368

NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 23, 1973
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(Studio) Convicted Watergate defendant James McCord tells Judge John Sirica that Watergate defendants were pressured to plead guilty and remain silent, that others were involved in the bugging and that perjury was committed during trial. Defendant G. Gordon Liddy sentenced to 6-20 years in prison plus $40,000 fine.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) McCord, in letter to Judge Sirica, says fears retaliation against himself and family if he talks, but wants to anyway. McCord will meet privately with Sirica next Thursday and tell what he knows. [McCord attorney Gerald ALCH - says client has asked for no protection.] Info. given next wk. to Sirica may remain secret for some time.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

(Capitol Hill) [Watergate investigating committee chairperson Senator Sam ERVIN - says hopes White House aides will now testify.] [Republican Senator Lowell WEICKER - says political system's reputation at all-time low.] [Senator Robert PACKWOOD - says White House could clear up issue if wanted to, but obviously wants to conceal everything as long as possible.]

(DC) Attorney General Richard Kleindienst has no comment. Same true for acting FBI chief L. Pat. Gray.
REPORTER: Catherine Mackin

(Studio) Florida White House refuses comment.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Duke, Paul;
Mackin, Catherine;
Stern, Carl

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