• Short Summary

    Three of the seven charged with conspiracy in the watergate affair on Friday (March 1) faced press and television cameras in Washington almost immediately afterwards but said little, in accordance with Watergate Judge Sirica's instructions to avoid commenting on the matter.

  • Description

    1.
    GVs Watergate office building (2 shots)
    0.14

    2.
    CU Colson speaking
    0.51

    3.
    GV Newsmen outside Haldeman's home
    0.56

    4.
    SV Haldeman with reporters (2 shots)
    1.07

    5.
    SCU Haldeman answers questions
    1.14

    6.
    SV Haldeman goes back into house
    1.22

    7.
    MV Mitchell surrounded by newsmen outside court-house
    1.28

    8.
    MV Mitchell speaking
    1.46


    This film shows Colson, Haldeman and Mitchell in Washington on Friday, talking to newsmen. A transcipt of their statements follows. In between their statements appears part of sound-on-film reporter's narration, but this should be ignored and sound held totally down over these sequences.



    "COLSON: "I spend half of my adult life serving my country. I have been proud to have served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps; I have been proud to have served .... indistinct ... one of the finest and most honourable members of the United States Senate; and above all I am proud to have served the man who I believe history will record as one of our greatest and most courageous presidents of all time. Regardless of how rough the road ahead may be, I know that in the end my innocence will be established and I put complete faith in God and I believe my country."



    REPORTER TO HALDEMAN: "Can you tell us when you heard about this?"



    HALDEMAN: "This morning."



    REPORTER; "This morning?"



    HALDEMAN; "Uh-uh" (Yes)



    MITCHELL: "Yes, I would say that I have no comment whatsoever on what happened in washington because counsel has advised me that Judge Sirica has informed all of the persons connected with the matter that the should refrain from discussing it and that's just what I'll do. Thank you very much."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Three of the seven charged with conspiracy in the watergate affair on Friday (March 1) faced press and television cameras in Washington almost immediately afterwards but said little, in accordance with Watergate Judge Sirica's instructions to avoid commenting on the matter. The indictments were handed down by the Watergate jury after several months of investigation which rocked the United States with its exposures. Among those named -- shown in this film -- were former White House Special Counsel Charles Colson, former Attorney-General John Mitchell, and former White House Chief of Staff Bob Haldeman. A secret report on President Richard Nixon's possible role in the cover-up of the Watergate scandal ??? in which the opposition Democratic Party's Headquarters at the Watergate building in Washington were found being rigged with electronic listening devices -- was also handed to Judge Sirica by the jury at the same time as the indictments.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA58GEZG2VNS0OLQQ3FSH703PI6
    Media URN:
    VLVA58GEZG2VNS0OLQQ3FSH703PI6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/03/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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