News reports about former White House Counsel John Dean's testimony in front of the Senate-Watergate Committee hearings in Washington DC. John Dean speaks about his phone conversation with President Nixon on the Watergate matter on March 20. He speaks about warnings given by him to President Nixon about the issue and the gravity of the Watergate issue. Also he reviews discussion between Haldeman and Dean about informing the president. He reviews the meeting with the President on March 21 where he laid out his understanding of the Watergate case, the idea of it as "a cancer on the presidency," and the serious implications of the case which Dean did not feel the President fully understood. Senate-Watergate Select Committee member Fred Thompson listens to his speech during the session.
White House Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler in a press room at the White House in Washington DC, United States reads a statement outlining dismissals of officials (known as Saturday Night Massacre) made by U.S. President Richard Nixon on October 20th , 1973. He says that President Nixon has taken action in which he has fired special prosecutor Archibald Cox in the Watergate Case. It was because of his refusal to comply with instructions given to him through U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson. He was not to seek to invoke the judicial process any further to compel production of recordings, notes, or memorandum regarding private Presidential conversations. He says that office of the Watergate Special Prosecution Forces has been abolished and its function will be transferred back to the Department of Justice. Ziegler says that President Nixon sought to avoid a constitutional confrontation by the action he announced on Friday October 19th, 1973 to give the courts the information from the tapes which the President had considered privileged. Further he says that President Nixon's action was accepted by responsible leaders in the Congress and in the country. But special prosecutor Cox's refusal to follow the President's instructions at a time of serious world crisis made it necessary for the President to discharge him. Ziegler says that before taking any action the President met with Richardson to instruct him to dismiss Cox, but Richardson refused to do so. After Richardson submitted his resignation, the President directed Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to dismiss Cox. When Ruckelshaus refused to carry out President's directive, he also was discharged. President Nixon then directed acting Attorney General Robert Bork to carry out the instructions and Bork fired Cox.
Former White House Counsel John Dean testifies in front of the Senate-Watergate Committee hearings, Washington DC. Former Counsel Dean sitting in the court speaks about his meetings with President Richard Nixon regarding Watergate matters in February and March of 1973. He begins itemization of meetings with the President starting on February 27 and on that date the President told him to funnel all Watergate discussions directly through him rather than through Haldeman and Erlichman. Senate Watergate Committee members listen to his words during the hearings.
Former White House Counsel John Dean testifies in front of the Senate-Watergate Committee hearings, Washington DC. Former Counsel Dean sitting in the court speaks about his meetings with President Richard Nixon on February 28, 1973 regarding Watergate matters, and the upcoming meetings with Senators Ervin and Baker. Senator Sam Ervin Junior and Senator Howard Baker of the Watergate Committee listen to his words during the hearings.
News reports about former White House Counsel John Dean's testimony in front of the Senate-Watergate Committee hearings in Washington DC. John Dean speaks about his meeting with President Nixon about problems regarding the hearings beginning on March 17, 1973. Senate-Watergate Select Committee members listen to his speech during the session. He mentions subjects including the Gray Hearings and the upcoming Senate hearings. Also discussions of the letter drafted with Mr. Richard Moore. He discusses the extortion threats from Hunt that Hunt had communicated with Dean, and Dean, in turn, to Moore.
Television broadcast of U.S. President Richard Nixon's speech from the White House in Washington DC, United States on the withdrawal of the remaining U.S. troops from Vietnam on 29th March 1973 during the Vietnam War. President Nixon talks about prosperity in the United States without war abroad and without inflation at home. He says that inflation is a terrible cost of war with which the United States is battling at home presently. He speaks about cutting the rate of inflation by controlling meat prices. He says that the U.S. has increased imports from abroad and production at home which will increase meat supply and he has ordered Council of Cost to impose ceiling of prices so that the meat price does not increase any higher. President Nixon says he has submitted 268 billion dollars of federal budget to the Congress this year and if this budget increases as proposed by the Congress then that would mean an increase in taxes by 15% or an increase in the prices. He says he shall veto bills which will break the federal budget he has submitted.