In the United States, President Nixon's former White House lawyer, John Dean, has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy in the Watergate case.
In the United States, President Nixon's former White House lawyer, John Dean, has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy in the Watergate case. Dean was a leading witness in the Senate Watergate hearings into the scandal which followed revelations that the Democratic headquarters in the Watergate Hotel were bugged by the Republicans before the last Presidential elections.
Dean told the Senate Investigating Committee last June, that President Nixon knew of the involvement of Nixon Administration officials in the bugging. Mr. Nixon has denied that Dean told him of the break-in or the subsequent cover-up.
After the brief court session on Friday (19th October), the independent Watergate prosecutor Mr. Archibald Cox told reporters that Dean had pleaded guilty to a felony. Dean faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of E4,000 ($ 10,000). Mr. Cox said his office had made no arrangement of any kind with Dean for leniency, and that his sentence would be up to the Juoge in the case.
Mr. Cox is embattled with President Nixton over the so-called Watergate tape recordings which, it is widely believed, will show whether Mr. Nixon innocent or guilty of involvement in the Watergate cover-up. Mr. Cox has asked the President to hand over the tapes but, Mr. Nixon has refused. In a dramatic move on Friday (19th October), the President offered a compromise - an independently authenticated summary of the tapes. Mr. Nixon said he made the offer with the greatest reluctance, to head off a constitutional crisis over his refusal to hand them over.
Earlier, the Appeals Court ruled that the President must hand over the tapes. Mr. Cox has made it clear he will fight the President, who he said was ignoring the Courts. Mr. Cox was interviewed on Friday (19th October) after he learned of the President refusal to company with the Appeal Court order.
John Mitchell, a former Attorney General in the Nixon administration, and Maurice Stans, a leading Republican fund raiser - are both on trial on conspiracy and obstruction charges arising out of investigations into the Watergate scandal.
SYNOPSIS: In the United States, the former White House lawyer, John Dean has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy in the Watergate case. Dean testified before the Senate Watergate Committee that President Nixon was involved in the subsequent cover-up. The independent Watergate prosecutor, Archibald Cox, spoke to newsmen on Friday about Dean's case and the tape recordings President Nixon has again refused to hand over.