Questioner asks Gray about cablegrams received, about instructions from Nixon which might be considered illegal.
GV Men talking in crowded room. GV Cameramen. GV's & CU's Officials seated at Watergate hearing.
TV Patrick Gray.
TV Questioner. TV Gray.
TV's questioner & TVs Gray.
GV Committee room and members assembling. Chairman: Committee will come to order' TV Gray.
GRAY: 'And then I read through the other'.
Questioner: 'What did the first cablegram say?'
GRAY: Starts: 'I don't with any certainty...'
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Background: SYNOPSIS: SUMMARY:
Questioner asks Gray about cablegrams received, about instructions from Nixon which might be considered illegal. Conversation on telephone with president on March 23rd which gave Gray 'eerie feeling'. Questioner asks where Gray suspected taping of conversation. Also asks about plane crash and FBI investigation.
Gray talks about discussion over whether he could continue as director of the FBI. Nixon wanted him to continue to serve but gray decided to resign over story of the burnings of FBI files. Questioner asks about March 21 and 27 and whether Gray was asked by Nixon to give facts on Watergate, - Gray denies this.
Questioner asks about Gray's warning to Nixon to beware his subordinates - Gray admits this and explains he had nothing specific ???nnmind. Mentions General Walters and his fears.
Gray admits he told a falsehood when he told Senator Whitehood he burnt papers on 3rd July. Questioner asks why committee should believe him now - Gray says he is under oath. (Senator Gurney asking questions here).
I Gray talks of when he fast met John Dean. Says he gave Dean FDI teletypes a explains significance of this. Questioner questions Gray's action in acting on order of council of the president without referring to his own superiors. Questioner asks if Gray ever asked Haldeman of Erlichman if John Dean was able to speak for president. Gray says no.
Questioner asks about meeting with Dean and Eerlichman and whether they were acting strangely - Gray refutes this. Questioner asks why Gray didn't tell them to destroy their own files - Gray believed they had nothing to do with Watergate but were just 'sensitive (files. (Questioner here is Edmonston). Gray says he found the files were state department cables. Questioner asks why he didn't give them to the state dept. Gray wishes he had.
Gray gives opinion that Nixon would not have supported burning of files. Questioner refers to an article written by McCord.