According to a sworn testimony made public in Washington on Tuesday (May 15), former top White House aides H.
According to a sworn testimony made public in Washington on Tuesday (May 15), former top White House aides H.R. Heldeman and John Dean tried to persuade the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.) to help cover up the Watergate bugging scandal. The testimony said that they also tried to blame the C.I.A. for the bugging.
These allegations were made when Senator Stuart Symington read out a paraphrased version of a statement made to the Senate Investigating Committee by Lieutenant General Vernon Walters, deputy director of the CIA.
In his statement, General Walters said that he was told by Haldeman that he should tell the acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mr. Patrick Gray, that FBI enquiries into Watergate would harm the CIA. General Walters later found this to be untrue.
General Walters also alleges that Dean asked him to give financial support to the Watergate conspirators while they were in gaol.
Senator Symington, who made the statement public, said he saw this as an attempt to implicate the CIA and thus pass the blame. He congratulated General Walters on resisting such pressures.
This film includes a sound-on-film coverage of Senator Symington reading a paraphrased version of General Walters' sworn testimony. A transcript appears below.