• Short Summary

    Testimony at the United States hearings on the Watergate affair was interrupted on Thursday (July 19th) by a bizarre hoax.

  • Description

    Testimony at the United States hearings on the Watergate affair was interrupted on Thursday (July 19th) by a bizarre hoax.

    The Senate Committee Chairman, Senator Sam Ervin broke off the proceedings to announce that President Nixon had agreed to release tape recordings of his conversations in the White House with senior aides. Senator Ervin said the news had been telephoned to him by the Secretary of the Treasury, George Shultz. The tapes could provide vital evidence on the extent of the President's involvement in the Watergate scandal, and news of their "release" was immediately flashed around the world.

    Half an hour later, Senator Ervin again interrupted the hearings (while the former assistant Attorney-General General Robert Mardian was giving evidence) to announce that the telephone call was a hoax. The call, he explained, had come through on a confidential committee room number, and as he did not know Mr. Shultz's voice very well, Senator Ervin said he had assumed the call was genuine.

    The White House has said that Mr. Nixon is drawing up a letter of reply this weekend to the Committee's request for the tapes. The President is recuperating from his recent illness at his Camp David retreat.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB4SCOWKYDEGELTNT51SD1HVLD
    Media URN:
    VLVAB4SCOWKYDEGELTNT51SD1HVLD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/07/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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