Mr. Richard Moore, a 50-year-old Special Counsel to President Nixon, has refuted evidence by Mr.?
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MR. RICHARD MOORE:
"MR. Dean's own account that he had I agreed on the importance of persuading the President to make a prompt disclosure of all that the President had just learned is hardly compatible with a belief in Mr. Dean's part that the President himself had known the critical facts all along. In one of my talks with the President, the President said he had kept asking himself whether there had been any sign or clue which should have led him to discover the true facts earlier. I told him that I wished I had been more escapical and inquisitive, so that I could have served the presidency better. I have given you the most complete account I can as to my knowledge of the events being examined by this committee. It is my deep conviction, as one that had known the President over the years, and has had many private conversations with him, that the critical facts about the Watergate did not reach the President until the events that began when John Dean met with him on March 21, 1973."
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Background: Mr. Richard Moore, a 50-year-old Special Counsel to President Nixon, has refuted evidence by Mr. John Dean, implicating the President in the Watergate cover-up.
Mr. Moore who is the first witness before the committee who is still a member of the Administration, gave his evidence on Thursday (12 July).
Reading from a statement, he testified he was convinced the critical facts in the Watergate affair did not reach President Nixon until March 21, the day -- according to Mr. Dean's testimony -- he told the President there was a "cancer" on the Presidency that had to be removed.