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Watergate Hearings / Petersen #472421

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 07, 1973
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(Studio) Senate Watergate committee ends 1st phase of hearings. Last witness, former assistant Attorney General Henry Petersen goes before committee Petersen recalls telling President about White House involvement in Ellsberg burglary Apr. 18, 1972.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Capitol Hill) [Majority cnsl. Sam DASH - asks if Prep. knew about break-in before Petersen told him.] [PETERSEN - says President informed Petersen he knew about report on Ellsberg break-in. President indicated it was ntl. security matter and urged Petersen to stick with Watergate investigation. Petersen recalls telling former Attorney General Richard Kleindienst about President' remarks. Kleindienst approached President and he agreed to disclose matter.] [Senator Herman TALMADGE - asks about Petersen's course of action if President hadn't decided to disclose Ellsberg break-in.] [PETERSEN - states he and Kleindienst would have resigned.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) Petersen resents special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox appointed
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Capitol Hill) [PETERSEN - believes snatching Watergate case from Petersen and Justice Department casts bad reflection on both. Thinks Justice Department and he could have broken Watergate case if Cox hadn't been appted.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) President talked with Petersen frequently with regard to Watergate probe. Apr. 30, `73, President fired John Dean and removed H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman from posts. President called Petersen.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Capitol Hill) [PETERSEN - says President informed him what had needed to be done was done. Refers to removing staff mbrs.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

Chancellor, John

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