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Watergate Hearings / Helms #472106

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 02, 1973
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(Studio) Former CIA director Richard Helms appears before Senate Watergate committee Allegations made that White House, John Ehrlichman, H.R. Haldeman tried to use CIA as foil in FBI's probe of Watergate scandal, specifically money laundered in Mexico to pay off Watergate burglars.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Capitol Hill) [HELMS - recalls meeting with Haldeman and Ehrlichman. Haldeman referred to Watergate burglars possible connection with Bay of Pigs. Helms doesn't know what Haldeman had in mind when Bay of Pigs mentioned. Bay of Pigs problem with regard to CIA, long over. Helms didn't care if probe into Bay of Pigs incident started. Says fact that 5 of Watergate burglars former CIA employees had no bearing on CIA involvement in Watergate. CIA had nothing to hide. FBI investigation in Mexico with regard to CIA operations prompted Helms to see if any CIA projects in Mexico. Not involved in Watergate cover-up but acted out of prudence and security for any CIA project in Mexico. Helms not sure what White House meant about CIA operations in Mexico till later when Watergate affair disclosed.
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) Helms says CIA used by White House for own ends.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John

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