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    Convicted 'Watergate' conspirator James McCord gave evidence on the affair before the continued donate investigations in Washington on Tuesday (May 22).

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    GV INTERIOR Investigating Committee (MUTE)

    SCU Radio receiver used in bugging (MUTE)

    ACU Investigating committee member asking question


    GV Caulfiedd seated at witness table (MUTE)

    CU Caulfield speaking

    "I take it your defence was not at that time, part of your motivation was not, as you have stated before this committee, that you thought you had the right to go shead without being in legal difficulty because of Mr. Mithcell's involvement, because of Mr. Dean's involvement. That's part of what you told us but evidently you didn't tell Mr. Alch that, Mr. Alch didn't use that as part of your defence. I am wondering about the answer to those questions. Why didn't you come forward at that time, and why didn't you tell Mr. Alch what could have been an even more significant part of your defence."

    McCORD: "Because I waited until I had an opportunity too tell - number one - a man I believe to be an honest judge - Judge Sirica - number two - to tell this committee so that it could be a proper forum for all the facts to come out and to be discovered. I felt, for example, during the trial itself, that is I had come forward and told the story at that time in the light of the evidence which I have - which some people have described as hearsay or second hand - the rules of evidence, as I understand it, may have excluded some of that information being provided in testimony. Or at least I thought all the facts would not be developed during the trial ??? got up in the stand and presented them. To me it was a matter of when was the right time to tell it. This was the most difficult decision. It was not influenced by me or anything else. It was influenced basically by my own reasoning as to when was the right time to tell the story so that there would be an adequate time for development of all the facts in the case. I think my decision has been the right one."

    CAULFIELD: "At no time, either before or after this meeting with Mr. Dean, did I ever speak to any other White House officials about this offer of executive clemency. I specifically never spoke to the President of the Untied States and have no knowledge of my own as to whether he personally had endorsed this offer or indeed whether anyone had ever discussed it with him."

    "At no time in any conversations with Mr. McCord did I advise, pressure or threaten him in an attempt to make him accept the offer of executive clemency."

    Initials ES. 4.10 ES. 4.33

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    Background: Convicted 'Watergate' conspirator James McCord gave evidence on the affair before the continued donate investigations in Washington on Tuesday (May 22). McCord, a former Central Intelligence Agency employee, is awaiting sentence for breaking into the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate building.

    Following McCord's testimony on why he decided to confess his part in the crime, former White House ??? John Caulfield gave evidence. He referred to McCord's earlier testimony that he had been offered 'executive clemency' by Caulfield, and confirmed it. But Caulfield denied that he had ever spoken of the offer of clemency to anyone else except Mr. John Dean, the dismissed Presidential counsel -- who told him to make the offer to McCord of a reduced prison sentence in return for co-operation with the white House in the Senate investigation.

    Caulfield, a former New York policeman, is employed by the U.S. Treasury and has been on leave during the Seants hearings.

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