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Watergate Hearings / Haldeman #471706

NBC Evening News for Monday, Jul 30, 1973
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(Studio) Former chief of staff H. R. Haldeman appears before Senate Watergate committee Haldeman defends President strongly. To Watergate committee 's surprise, Haldeman gives resume of 2 of President1 secret White House tapes. Haldeman says President authorized Haldeman to listen to tapes. John Dean testified at meeting with President
REPORTER: John Chancellor

and Haldeman on September 15, President congratulated Dean on carrying out Watergate cover-up so well. Haldeman insists tapes deny Dean's testimony.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Capitol Hill) [HALDEMAN - says President didn't open September 15 meeting with congratulations to Dean on handling Watergate. Haldeman reviews meeting from tapes. Topics discussed include Clark MacGregor news conf., Judge Richey and civil case with regard to Watergate. Dean said no information would come out of Watergate investigation that would harm White House President did commend Dean at this time for handling Watergate matter well. Discussion of Patman hearings at this meeting Talk of cleaning house after election. Haldeman totally disagrees that President was aware of Watergate cover-up at this mtg. Dean didn't tell President anything about Watergate matter.
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) President won't allow White House tapes to be released to special Watergate prosecutor or Senate Watergate committee , but allows access to tapes by a friendly witness and reports on them under oath. President tried to limit what could be said about March 21 meeting since Haldeman was not present for full meeting Ervin overrules claims of executive privilege. [Senator Howard BAKER - asks if Haldeman listened to White House tapes rather than reading transcript.] [HALDEMAN - states no transcript of tapes made to his knowledge.] [BAKER - asks where he listened to tapes.] [HALDEMAN - discloses he listened to March 21 tape at office in White House and September 15 tape at home.] [BAKER - questions Haldeman on clearness and distinguishing quality of voices.] [HALDEMAN - says quality varies. Difficult but not impossible to follow conversations.] [Senator Daniel INOUYE - says committee was told Secret Service had exclusive custody over tapes. Were they left in Haldeman's care?] Haldeman confirms. [Senator Edward GURNEY - asks if Haldeman took notes while listening to tapes.] Haldeman confirms. [Committee chairperson Sam ERVIN - states notes were subpoenaed. Asks Haldeman if he brought them.] [HALDEMAN - says he didn't. Notes are in President' files. Haldeman doesn't have notes.] [ERVIN - says President can keep tapes and notes.]
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) Haldeman states tapes are in defense of President although tape quality not excellent.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John

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