Evidence concerning President Nixon's reaction to Watergate developments was described as "dynamite" yesterday (Friday, 12 July).
Evidence concerning President Nixon's reaction to Watergate developments was described as "dynamite" yesterday (Friday, 12 July). Assistant Attorney General Henry Petersen had been describing to a closed session of the House Judiciary Committee his conversations with President Nixon in April 1973, in which he briefed the President about the progress of the Watergate investigation.
At the same time, the White House was shaken by a mix-up between Presidential spokesman Gerald L. Warren and Mr. Nixon's lawyer, James St. Clair. It started when Mr. Warren announced that the President believed the House Judiciary Committee would recommend his impeachment.
This was subsequently denied by Mr. St. Clair. Back came Mr. Warren to admit that he'd made a mistake. Apparently, President Nixon had agreed with an assessment by Mr. St. Clair that the committee would recommend impeachment, but believed that the full house would reject the recommendation.
First, the House Judiciary committee's closed session. The "dynamite" description came from Congressman John Seiberling, who -- along with other representatives -- was closely questioned by newsmen about what was discussed at the closed session. His comments and those of Congressman Robert McClory are prefaced by an introduction from reporter Ray Scherer:
Meantime, Mr. St. Clair was being asked about the reaction of the White House to latest Watergate evidence:
SYNOPSIS: In Washington, the man in the limelight before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday was United States assistant Attorney General Henry Peterson. Though the session was closed, he was known to be there to describe briefings he gave President Nixon after White House aides began talking to the Watergate Grand Jury. It was expected to give an important indication of the President's attitude to a cover-up. Reaction came from Congressmen Seiberling and McClory:
While these developments wee taking place, the White House was shaken by a statement from Presidential spokesman Gerald Warren saying that Mr. Nixon expected the committee to recommend his impeachment. Apparently, he should have added that the President expected the full house to reject the committee's recommendation. Mr. Nixon's lawyer, James St. Clair, spoke on this and latest evidence: