NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 31, 1973
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(Studio) Much of testimony at Senate Watergate hearings devoted to White House tapes which President won't allow committee to hear, but allowed former chief of staff H.R. Haldeman to have.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Capitol Hill) [Senator Lowell WEICKER - states no other witness has had access to tapes except Haldeman. Feels action is unfair.] [Senator Sam ERVIN - believes action was planned to allow Haldeman to use tapes denied by White House to Watergate committee Since original tape is in White House and only Haldeman's version of tapes is given, Ervin believes it's counterfeit evidence.] [Senator Howard BAKER - believes allowing tapes to be heard by Haldeman increases need by Watergate committee to have access to White House tapes.) [ERVIN - reads letter from President explaining why tapes refused. Ervin says President admits different interpretations may be recd. from listening to tapes. Ervin to be scrupulous in believing Haldeman's version when committee hasn't heard tapes.] [BAKER - asks if rationale behind allowing Haldeman to use tapes applies to John Dean also.] [HALDEMAN - replies negatively.] [Senator Herman TALMADGE - questions if after listening to tapes, another interpretation different from President could be gotten.] [HALDEMAN - believes any reasonable person would arrive at same conclusion as President and Haldeman.]
REPORTER: No reporter given
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