President Nixon's former counsel, Mr. John Dean, testified before the Judiciary Committee of the House?
President Nixon's former counsel, Mr. John Dean, testified before the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives on Thursday (11 July). He told the Committee that he had discussed the matter of "hush money" for the Watergate burglars with President Nixon before 17 March 1973.
The President has always maintained that it was on that date that he first learned about the cover-up. On the same day that Dean testified, the Committee published additional evidence that the President had expressed fears he might be involved in the scandal four days before, on March 17.
Earlier this year, when the President handed over transcripts of his Watergate conversations, including an edited version of a meeting with Dean on 17 March, the reference to his "concern" had been edited out. The tapes contained no discussion of the Watergate cover-up, and appeared to bear out the President's assurance that he knew nothing of the affair until 21 March.
Committee staff nethertheless discovered a subsequent recording in which Mr. Nixon says he discussed the substance of Watergate with Dean on 17 March.
After John Dean had given his testimony to the Committee behind closed doors, three Republican Committee members spoke to reporters about their impressions of Dean and his credibility, particularly on the question of whether the President had mentioned the cover-up before 21 March. The three Committee members are, Representative Hamilton Fish (New York), Rep. Charles Wiggins (California), Rep. Tom Railsback (Illinois).
SYNOPSIS: President Nixon's former counsel, John Dean, testified before the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives on Thursday. He was questioned closely about his claim that the President knew about the cover-up before March twenty-first, nineteen seventy-three. Later, Representatives Fish, Wiggins and Railsback, spoke about Dean's evidence.