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init'sbrainwashing and pike continues its coverage of hearings by the senate select committee onpresidential campaign activities here again correspondent robert mcneilas we go back to that hearing senator evelyn mr wilson are resuming the legal debate
over authorization for the so called ellsberg break init's bigdespitetherobberythat's right
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be or grand jury report peoplewriting or alumni groupthat the president had to hear about this asyou will recall the great emergency which existed at that timewhen the country was torn apartthe supreme court unanimously rejectedthe law allof the competition anddave daviesweyrauchand that
would be put in jail unless suspended by europeanlaw and then he proceeded to say thatand whyand alsoin a way down this race they know about theembargo more pernicious consequencesduring a really great experiences ofbellyeah wow greenat present you as they flyup
and to have our recommendedohohat just about the patientand some violation of thenational security nowhear it in one of his record he has included all thenational defense andoperators will find our moralissue a pick aboutmaybe especially with his patient without wearingan inhalation and i think that's so
racist up on compton is something whichremoves all the imagination lift pump belownowwe needright righto'neill do youthink the same questions andin a situation set aside for prisons were you knew there was going to be an atomicattack tomorrow and that really measure of that that mightbe less now between some point where in betweenthere's a long long line depends obviously on one thingto do and i can sell here today i think the thing that you're
really chooses to avoid the leagueyou have a delightful for our ownpractice of interrupting something that you don't want to heari like the fact that the nation'sthe connection course theplain psyched that his records in the psychiatric proand the determination of what other laws aspiring or aforeign conspiracy which had taken these top secret documents and deliver them to aford pop it seems to me is an unbroken chain ofcircumstances now i recognizethat you're retired that it's fun to
say a man's emotional state be equated with national security butin fact there is a direct linkage step by step by step and that'swhat i think we have to lay on the table in libyanow as this is going and putting a gun in somebody's i think conceivable set ofcircumstances a different kind of national security situationsuch as this impending attack or something and i can hypothetically was such a measure mightvery well be the very frank that the president might determine was necessary andyou'll recall that the congress in recognizing this virus at such means asthe president showed the term and that i think has just wasn't pointed out this morningwas endorsed by the committee which you are the terms well yousaid thatand as
a personoh manandsecurity asjack and i get it that i think this morning inpart the judge field case which is suspect and on thiscunningham again yes yeswhat was
suspected based upon that the constitutional right i don't know i don'tknow if it wasone of the pilot thehomicide justifiable homicidejustaboutnowi'm unintelligiblethe roulette wheel of a long have a rightto kill not to the more
lawless areas there is a murder casewith that billcosby for the second day johnehrlichman has insisted on his complete innocence and apparently he couldrelive the entire watergate situation you would make few if any changes in his ownactions that means position stands in contrast with most of the other witnesses so fareven john mitchell grab of the committee very little did admit that he might have made the wrongdecision in keeping news of the watergate from the president in terms of his totalprotestations of innocence can be compared to only with finance committee chairman murraystands there is still a lot of questions for john ehrlichman and his continuing appearances a
witness could throw the whole committee calendar out of kilter as things now stand the committeeplans to hear about a dozen more witnesses including charles colson an h r haldeman within thenext seven days but there now appears to be a possibility of development alone wouldtake this entire week and parliament had taken equal length of time gentlemennevertheless says he still hopes the committee can conclude this phase of the hearings by august thirdthe full day of legal arguments long breaks orsenate votes but then don't live from john ehrlichman for a long timelongtime observer of congressional investigations is back with usin john kramer the georgetown university law center once the hearing was that ithought he had to say for yourself first it was about saying to methat day was tremendously interesting and coupled with the testimonyyesterday marked the movement of these hearings i think in a
very very ominous direction think that the legislative branch of thegovernment is on a collision course with the executive branch and that hasvery serious a very serious plot turns out forour country the nature of this controversy has more notonly by the president's refusal to provide the tapes but by hisrefusal even enter into our conversation conference withsenator levin the chairman of the committee and it's not sowhy buy the very great gravity of the constitutionalprinciples that are at stake here on the one hand there's a recessionand that the president is not limited by the constitution of the unitedstates when he asserts that the national security requires him toact outside the constitution to assume powers which option
that night to him buy provisions of the bill of rights center therehaven't made a magnificent magnificent argument againstthat theory today for my own part i thinkthat there has not been a sacred since the time of king george the theoriesthe notion that a man's housefinance office may be invaded offices a film or without a warrantwhen an executive research that that's nationalsecurity just before easter not since the roots of assistance and generalwarrants which the founders of this republican building damshas to be in persona so extravagantand so outrageous and the session of executive authority over to that you did notagree then that this authority exists in any way above and beyond the facts of theellsberg cases are department will say it i think that it is a contradiction of the
very essence of our politics of character of our political systemhours as a system of limited powers powers limited bythe charter the constitution of the united states and the essentialdifference between a free society in a totalitarian societyis a free society is one in which the governor with limitedpowers which it may exercisei did go back on monday and after the suppression of judicial philosophywhich i certainly agree with a political philosophy and i should point out that in twenty some odd years agothe supreme court decided that it was a soviet spy had privacy rights in his hotelroom wastebasket witchey the way by throwing things in it which seems to be a little more than thisyear mr wilson are willing to give this iconic has more samplesof suspected today's hearings i think you see despite what might continue in the next few days ofjohn ehrlichman against the world and i think the restaurant and perhaps regain is woody's takes on
today yesterday was the comeback obviously very sympathetic figure and it goes after a<unk> hoover and some people may not like for some reasons but not normally for the reason cited bymr erlichman because of hoover a bureaucrat guilty of window dressing and he'sreaching out there just differently about one that he doesn't really need in fact all of his religioustestimonies and seemed to contradict almost everything everybody else that it could beright and they could be well what is that a lot of people to stand up against for example there are someclashes in the afternoon and in the morning testimony the conciergemr grenier said that the president spoke to him that having talked about medical center about clemency for thewatergate seven those are on tapes that committee is trying to get this close mr wittmandenies any such discussions of france in fact as the president back in july talk about policy but said don'ttalk about it when he's asked why the president into law but what's safe in thecontext mr adams as we also have it in there watching safely open and therefore we've
never done anything with the contents of a safe thing says we're going to one sixth of the greatdocuments mr rickman to know that he ever told was degraded by the doctor to get rid of the documents is thatway if you're not involving the watergate itself directly said he did what about living in hotlike the end of the day with morning what happened there oregon destroyed and they disappear for hisrelease at it from the white house around the edges of cameroon later returned great about six orseven months later clinton has to be you have to get approval from the acropolisforgotten that at least the quake well those points out to greetjohn that because of the delays today the senate votes on those long initial argument that wedo have some bourbon just came back two at the close that the rigorous crossexamination of mr rickman to pursue these and other points though stillhas yet to come and outcomes more i think certain says they hope to finish of mr lippman the mockseems to stop puppy and rather unlikely that the current officials say
john thank you very much during one of the recesses today senator allen offered hiscomments on the strained relations between the white house and the senate committee he was asked about reports thatpresident nixon thinks the committee is out to get himwelcome amyand aliyou're notgoing to make me happyin the white house
that the president had no connection with authorizing the watergateon and no connection that problemi just take one of jon cryer response a little further it really is avery strange argument that john erlichman is making of appeals or breaking heclaims the president has an inherent power to authorize such an act other was illegalin the name of national security it also blames the president didn't authorize theburglary of the psychiatrist's office and neither did he ehrlichman he says mr nelson didauthorize the plumbers had to find out everything they could as about ellsworth is a matter of thehighest priority and urban says the improved in writing the poem is called acovert operation are examined the psychiatric records he didn't mean burglarysays and if he'd known that's what an outlet intended he wouldn't have approvedit was fromcalifornia why was he surprised the minority is such an entry was justifiable as he
claims why did they exercise bad judgment such an action could bejustifiable on national security grounds if i run or move them off the casenow because it was too important to find out about albert mr nixon also toldus on may twenty second that it was important to find out about ellsberg but he didn't play when aconstitutional justification for the rhetoric mr nixon said it was illegalso why is mr erlichman now making an argument to justify an act bothhe and the president say they didn't approve and what's the president thought was illegalit just doesn't get out unless it's just a lot of baby easily arouseconstitutional law watchdog looking in samara if the object were to distractthe committee from questioning about other matters it were today or is mrerlichman trying to suggest in a roundabout way but the president did approve the burglaryafter all i repeat it just doesn't add up we'll be back tomorrow
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