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fband so citizens as an issue that is particularly up onto a democraticpeople the illegal activities of the plumbers is the subject of a thirdprovision which we are we have to force a motion to strike and over several a lot of talk on thison this particular paragraph and i would tend to be briefthe new york times published the first installment the pentagon papersthe president through directed mr colson tooktheir memo and i'm stating as recommendations on the pentagon papers issue thememoranda mr colson dated june twenty five recommended that theinvestigation successful prosecution of those bert was an opportunity for political gainand for the president by publicity discrediting themselves are
as you know alsomr was invited on june twentieththe genesis i suggest to all threeplumbers was the pentagon papers in the meeting between the president of development ofthe mitchell on july six we have a discussion of forming a quote non legalgroup in connection with the pentagon papers of fear there is no questionhere all presidential knowledge the questionhas been raised and you really raised again however that the issuewas national security from the start this legitimize theformation of the book the promise and the effort to publicly discredit mrdaniel ellsberg that jenner i've asked youduring his break a few minutes ago to find for me
certain citations i recall conversations ms materthe show for me clearly that it was a public relations effort thatin mind and that national securityin the pentagon papers case is not theissue that you refer tothe following itemswhich by the way it will bei want it seventy onea meeting in the convent in memoriam ofrecalls prayersitem number it reads
leak stuff out this is the waythatit's also aired july first at one pmmeeting with president bears the following every labelitem number one espionage not involvedand vote for a case oftwenty nine and saysthis case raises security will hold its closurewithout intent to commit espionagesame ad later note numberthirty timing there and not react toa birdcage don't think in terms of spiesjuly six nineteen seventy one
president the attorney general and ehrlichmannote number aloud the president is saying let'sput a non legal team and the conspiracyi recognize the gentleman from the michiganthis kind of reform that mr chairman and membersrise of course in opposition to the motion for a strike and a massobserved that for the second time in a row we've had clausesthat have attempted to persuade the american peopleand our colleagues in this game butnational security what the justification for theseillegal activities and donating directly from the white housevery very different from the other party
and the combination of the president of the united states and soand i think that we cannot be here today to make this record tworipley with the documentation that firms once and fallthat the bugaboo of national security will no longer sufficeto intimidate the congress or scare the americanpeople into condoning activity of thekind that we have heard here in article two and these proceedingsi want to a certain i'm sure my other colleagues thearmy will that the president was in fact directly responsible for thecreation of the plumbers it's documented in our evidencethe president publicly admitted that he approved the creation of aspecial investigations unit the palmer for the firsttime in our history the people of this nation we're treated to the spectacle
of a secret intelligence unit operatingnot india the eye not in the cia or the secret servicebut in the white house under the direction of white house employeesreporting directly the president of the united states johnehrlichman and his own trial the domestic affairs advisor of thepresident testified that he asked the ciacan you imagine our foreign intelligence agency tohelp and that how are youat the direction of the president of the united states and hesaid in my personal experience my request of the cia werealways a specific instance of the president i never did make a stepto ask the cia to do anything about the president having authorized
me to do so and events so the factthat the president could an expected that theplumbers a planned this thing secret organization would infact operate illegally the president had you may recallapprove the houston plan only a year before knowingfull well that it session admittedly illegalactivity according to further throughthe notes of the president's former domestic adviser of his meeting with thepresident on july six nineteen seventy one thepresident has put a non legal team on theconspiracy that we've learned across these months and be euphemisms ofwhitehouse harlem that stonewalling modified hang
out at the significance all its own and a nun legalteam so that's precisely that an early humans notesreflects the assignment of david young co chairman of thefarmers to a special project mr erlichman testify further beforethe grand jury that the president of the united states had prior knowledgeof the first trip by mr levy and mr hahn i'msure you remember those names from june seventeen nineteen seventy twocalifornia case the viewingaudience wanted to the gentleman fired inthe share of attention the fact that there isn't a roll call voteand the chair will recess thecommittee and killed seven thirty in the chair would also like to observe that this timeeight minutes of being consumed by those in opposition the amendment than five minutes
and supported the amendment and that i thought of the power of thesearab i want to go on recess until seven thirtyto a pagedale more like war in the impeachment the day before the house judiciary committeeyou could say most of the time of the thirty eight committee members was taken up todaywith two things first of all perfecting amendments designed to refinesome of the language in article two of the article the charge the president with a broadabuse of his presidential powers and second amendment offered by thoserepublicans defending the president resigned a month by design to tone down some of thelanguage in the amendment but the outcome of the significant votes at leastwas to provide fresh evidence that the pro impeachment forces remain firmlyin control and the second article would be approved
and in fact it was approved later on in the committee's night session the vote was twenty eight toten tomorrow more proposed articles of impeachment will be introduced debatedand some of them probably voted on tomorrow none of them are expected to receive alarge bipartisan support of the article one or two i may not evenpass that that's something we'll have to wait and see about a lot of the results will be back tomorrownight with our gavel to gavel coverage of the house judiciary committee proceedings arenow where all the brand back and mr thank you and goodnightfrom washington you have been watching video taped double the gavel coverage of thehouse judiciary committee proceedingsproduction funding provided by public television stations the ford foundation and thecorporation for public broadcasting there's aweb ad
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1974 Nixon Impeachment Hearings
Reel 6 of 6
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Live and videotaped coverage of the debate of the House Committee on the Judiciary, chaired by Peter Rodino, Jr., on the articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon. Also shows President Nixon in Los Angeles giving economic address to the nation, sponsored by California business groups. Thsi is day 3 of the Nixon impeachment hearings. (Segment 1 of 7 is missing)
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Producing Organization: National Public Affairs Center for Television
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Reporter: Lehrer, James
Reporter: Duke, Paul
Speaker: Rodino, Peter W.
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