Dr Henry Kissinger, Le Duc Tho and aides meet during final week of negotiations in Paris Peace Talks at St Non La Breteche in Yuelines, France. American and North Vietnamese delegates during the meeting in a hall. Le Duc Tho sitting between other North Vietnamese delegates speaks to Dr Kissinger, Lord and Sullivan. Documents kept on the table. Dr Kissinger replies to the North Vietnamese delegation.
A Corvette Stingray drives through the entrance of the Iowa State Fair in 1973. Men, women and children at Iowa state fair. Children with colorful balloons and ice cream. People enjoy rides. View from ferris wheel. Ponies are displayed. Tractor pull. One tractor in tractor pull is dubbed the "Mighty Minnie Yellow Bird" A young woman twirls a flaming baton. African American drummers perform. Rope making is demonstrated. A child rides in a baby carriage. Farm products like apples, corn and pumpkin displayed. Livestock at display in the fair, including dairy cows. Close up of award ribbons at the 1973 Iowa State Fair.
U.S. Air Force C-130 airdrop operations in 1968, during Vietnam War. C-130 aircraft in flight. View of supplies being airdropped. View from inside cabin of a C-130, as South Vietnamese paratroopers jump from the aircraft. A heavy pallet of supplies being pulled onto a runway by parachutes, from the rear of a low-flying C-130. Scene shifts to October 14, 1973,at Lod International Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel, where a U.S. Air Force Military Airlift Command C-5 aircraft is unloading 186,200 pounds of military assistance cargo, at the start of the U.S. "Nickel Grass" airlift operation. Pallets of ammunition are seen being offloaded, followed by a 175mm self-propelled gun, covered with wooden cargo boxes. Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and other observers watch stand on the airport ramp. Golda Meir meets and greets members of the U.S. Air Force crew.
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.
Opening scenes show Israeli tanks in the Sinai desert. Israeli troops are seen coping with damaged and destroyed defensive positions and equipment. Momentary glimpse from cockpit of a U.S. Air Force transport aircraft landing on a runway in Israel. Israeli workers emptying explosives and ammunition from the hold of a U.S. Air Force Military Airlift Command (MAC) C-141 aircraft. An American. M107 175mm self-propelled gun being offloaded from a MAC C-5 Galaxy transport plane. Israeli workers unloading many tons of military supplies and equipment from MAC aircraft.
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.