United States financier Robert Vesco -- indicted by a Federal Grand Jury former Attorney-General Robert Mitchell on charges of obstructing justice, fraud and perjury -- has told newsmen the conditions under which eh would return to testify at the investigation into the Watergate bugging case.
SV Vesco (right) seated with reporter
CU Vesco speaking
SVs & CU Vesco with reporter
SV Vesco with reporters
Mr. Vesco told newsmen:
VESCO:"There are two conditions on which I will go back. One is if a special prosecutor is appointed, which I understand, there has been one. And I hope that he will have total jurisdiction over the whole Watergate situation. The experiences we've had over the last two and a half years are such that we would want to make the ground rules extremely clear. And we would not want to be exposed to additional type harassing and litigation that we've had."
Questioned further, he continued:
"And recent attempts, of course, aimed at securing my testimony in the hopes that it would implicate additional people in the administration."
REPORTER: "President Nixon?"
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Background: United States financier Robert Vesco -- indicted by a Federal Grand Jury former Attorney-General Robert Mitchell on charges of obstructing justice, fraud and perjury -- has told newsmen the conditions under which eh would return to testify at the investigation into the Watergate bugging case.
Mr. Vesco left the United States after the grand jury had issued a subpoena against him. The charges were connected with a suit being brought by the U.S. Securities and exchange Commission accusing the management of Investors Overseas Services Ltd. -- which Vesco's interests took over -- of taking more then US $224 million (90 million sterling) from the assets of the Mutual Fund empire.
Mr. Vesco, who contributed US $200,000 (80,000 sterling) to President Nixon's re-election campaign, claimed that recent attempts at securing his testimony in the Watergate investigation had been made in the hope that he would implicate other administration members, perhaps even the President himself.