In Washington D.C., the Federal Grand Jury Hearing into the Watergate "bugging" case resumed on?
MV's and SV's ZOOM IN Newsmen waiting outside Federal Court-house. (4 shots)
MV Lawyers climbing over cases of records.
MV & SV McCord out of building. (2 shots)
MC McCord speaking.
SCU McCord with press
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Background: In Washington D.C., the Federal Grand Jury Hearing into the Watergate "bugging" case resumed on Monday (23 April). Newsmen waiting outside the court were expecting the appearance of the White House lawyer, John Dean. Mr. Dean and other high ranking White House officials were due to testify before the jury this week. Top officials of President Nixon's Administration have accused each other of planning or covering up the electronic surveillance of the Democratic Parry Headquarters in the Watergate building last June.
On Monday, lawyers for the Committee to re-elect the President turned over records demanded in one of several civil court cases growing out of the Watergate affair. On the same day, James McCord, already convicted of involvement in the bugging, was in court for a minor legal matter. McCord has told investigating U.S. Senators that there was personal approval to bug the Democratic headquarters by the former U.S. Attorney General, John Mitchell......a charge which has been strongly denied.
Evidence so far, has led the Grand Jury into an investigation of a number of high ranking administration officials. Fifteen federal judges are also investigating how evidence from the trial is reaching U.S. newsmen. The U.S. press is reporting that the President's 1973 election campaign staff has given evidence alleging both John Mitchell and John Dean are deeply involved in the bugging and cover-up.
SYNOPSIS: In Washington, a Federal Grand Jury resumed its hearing into the Watergate "bugging" case on Monday. Newsmen were expecting to see White House lawyer, John Dean, one of the high-ranking administration officials due to testify this week. The jury is investigating last June's spying into the Democratic Party's Headquarters.
James McCord, already convicted of involvement, was in court for a minor legal matter. His evidence accuses former Attorney General, John Mitchell, of personally approving the bugging......a charge which has been strongly denied.
McCord said he was glad there was nor apparent verification of his previous evidence.