In Washington, the Senate Committee into the Watergate Bugging scandal on Thursday (May 24) probed allegations of a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) plot underlying the Watergate operations.
GVs & MVs Press & committee (4 shots)
SV Alch speaking
MV Baker speaking (2 shots)
On his allegations that I said to him words to the effect that I could cause his personal records to be doctored and that the Director of the CIA would go along with it. It escapes me how that type of allegation can be a misunderstanding. I didn't say it. I am not looking to bury Mr. McCord. My presence here is a reaction -- not an action -- but I keep going back to this: you can't interpret a lawyer's saying 'I'm going to gorge CIA documents with the assistance of the CIA director' out of my saying 'What do you want for lunch' or 'See you in Boston' of the discussing of CIA defence. Either those words were said or they were not."
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Background: In Washington, the Senate Committee into the Watergate Bugging scandal on Thursday (May 24) probed allegations of a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) plot underlying the Watergate operations.
The man before the Committee was lawyer Gerald Alch, the former defence lawyer of convicted Watergate conspirator James McCord. Since then, claimed Mr. Alch, McCord had made some allegations against him that were totally false.
Mr. Alch said he had first asked McCord if the CIA had been involved during lunch at a Washington restaurant. At a subsequent meeting in Boston, McCord denied that the CIA had been involved. For his part, Mr. Alch denied allegations that he had tried to bring pressure on McCord to implicate the CIA.
He also rejected McCord's earlier testimony that Mr. Alch had said that the new CIA director, Mr. James Schlesinger would go along with the doctoring of CIA records -- to show that McCord was a member of the Agency at the time of the Watergate raid.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Alch had appeared before the Senate Committee at his own request. He's said that McCord had accused him of improper, illegal conduct and he wanted the opportunity to refute the allegations. He's offered to take a lie-detector test to verify his testimony.