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White House Tapes #471558

NBC Evening News for Monday, Jul 23, 1973
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(Studio) President sends letter to Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox refusing access to White House tapes. Portion of letter read. Incls. reasons behind refusal. President to give Cox only what Nixon wants him to have because Cox under orders of President Cox calls press conference and announces he will issue subpoenas.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) [COX - states any action to withhold White House tapes from grand jury is without legal basis. To seek subpoenas against President-]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) President refuses access of White House tapes to Senate Watergate committee President admits hearing tapes and says they're consistent with President statement on Watergate matter. Portion of letter read incling. reasons behind refusal. Senate Watergate committee meets privately, and unanimously votes to subpoena tapes.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Capitol Hill) [Senator Sam ERVIN - states committee to send 2 subpoenas. Request for White House tapes and presidential papers.] Ervin signs subpoenas for delivery to White House
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) President cancels meeting with Ervin planned some days before. Watergate committee chairperson Sam Ervin and vice chairperson Howard Baker made statements.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Capitol Hill) [ERVIN - criticizes President' reasoning behind refusal of tapes. Believes President' duty to American people evident. He should supply any material to help in clearing up Watergate matter. Thinks Watergate tragedy is greatest American tragedy.] [BAKER - states unhappiness over const. confrontation between Congress and White House]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) President now faces at least 3 subpoenas. President Jefferson only other President to be served subpoena. Nixon may ignore subpoenas. Court and judge not likely to put him in jail. Country faces unprecedented const. showdown.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John

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