The mahogany-lined Caucus room of the old Senate Office in Washington becomes the focal point of world attention again on Thursday (17 May) when it becomes the stage for the most critical investigation in modern United States history -- Watergate.
GV ZOOM TO Watergate Building across river
GV ZOOM TO Watergate Building from street
SV Entrance to Watergate
CU INTERIOR ZOOM OUT FROM Lock on door
CU PAN FROM Sign TO Door lock on reverse side
SV Sign on glass door 'Democratic National Committ???'
SV Camera through empty room over-looking Howard Johnson Hotel
GV Howard Johnson Hotel
SV INTERIOR Room 1418 Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (3 shots)
SV Senator Erivin comments
GV INTERIOR The caucu??? room of Old Senate office
ERVIN: "One of the purposes of this committee is to convince the American people that our system will work, and when one part of the system is alleged to have broken down, another part of the system can move in and see that the Government functions properly."
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Background: The mahogany-lined Caucus room of the old Senate Office in Washington becomes the focal point of world attention again on Thursday (17 May) when it becomes the stage for the most critical investigation in modern United States history -- Watergate.
It was in this same room that the late John F. Kennedy announced his intention to seek election as President of the United States, and in summer 1972, Thomas Eagleton was in the Caucus r???m when he announced his intention to resign from the Democratic P???ty ticket.
And now, it's Watergate. The scandal that's almost household around the world. Its effects have been shattering. From the firing of top Presidential men to new rumbles of the United States dollar.
The proceedings in the Caucus room will be televised around the world. President Nixon said when he announced the investigation that he wanted its findings to be made public... that he wanted it to be fair, hon???t, and tough.
The man heading the investigation is Senator Sam Ervin.
Included in this background report is a short speech by Senator Ervin. Here is a text of that speech: