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Watergate Issue / Haldeman Book #52638

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 16, 1978
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(Studio) Upcoming release of H.R. Haldeman's book on Watergate, "The Ends of Power", and its treatment of what Richard Nixon knew and when noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Studio) Haldeman's statements on Nixon's participation in Watergate break-in scheme and about erasure of 18 1/2 mins. of tape reported; Nixon's contradictory remarks cited. Scenes from Nixon-Frost interviews shown. [NIXON - wasn't involved in break-in.]
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds {Unsigned sketches}

(DC) Background of Haldeman's service under Nixon outlined. Photos and films shown. [HALDEMAN - denies own participation in cover-up, as well as own and Nixon's involvement.] Haldeman's beliefs about Nixon's knowledge of and participation in Watergate events, as stated in new book, detailed. Involved in former chief of staff's charges are Nixon, Chas. Colson, E. Howard Hunt, G. Gordon Liddy and former Democratic party chairperson Lawrence O'Brien. Passages from book quoted; FBI and Jeb Stuart Magruder mentioned. Colson's reaction to Haldeman charges reported [COLSON - notes Haldeman's previous testimony and evidence contrary to new statements.] Is noted that Haldeman doesn't say Nixon knew of bugging before burglars were caught, but that statement leads reader to that conclusion; suggestion of sources near Haldeman that renewed perjury charge is only reason Haldeman doesn't directly charge Nixon with knowledge. Haldeman's comment on Nixon and erased tape quoted.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Haldeman's discussion of foreign policy during Nixon administration and of Henry Kissinger's part in it reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Issue of secret bombing raids in Cambodia and Haldeman's charges re: Kissinger's part in wiretappings stemming from leaking of this info. detailed. Photos and films shown. [SOLDIER - can call for American pilots to bomb at any time.] Kissinger's admission of role in wiretaps and denial of initiation of them noted. 1974 film shown. [KISSINGER - describes own actions as part of system ordered into effect by President] Former secretary state's maintainence of this position noted. Haldeman's claims with regard to reported request to United States from USSR for alliance in war against China (PR), after USSR -China clashes along Ussuri R. in December, 1969, outlined include is reference to Soviet missiles along border. Kissinger's position as national security adviser at time noted. [KISSINGER - denies that this happened.] Kissinger's work on own book, in which he's just finished section on 1969, mentioned.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(Studio) Statement issued today from San Clemente, that Nixon's memoirs will be published in May, reported Special broadcast on renewed controversy, "Watergate: The Haldeman Version", noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Reporter(s):
Donaldson, Sam;
Koppel, Ted;
Reasoner, Harry;
Reynolds, Frank
Duration:
00:08:00

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