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James McCord Testimony - 1973 U.S. Senate Watergate Committee

James McCord Arrest Photo (Metropolitan Police Washington)

James McCord Arrest Photo (Metropolitan Police Washington)

Washington, DC
Saturday, May 18, 2013

Forty years ago, in May 1973, a U.S. Senate Select Committee began its nationally televised hearings on Watergate. James McCord was one of the five men arrested a year earlier attempting to bug the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate complex in Washington, DC. McCord was security director for the 1972 Committee to Re-elect President Nixon, and was convicted of conspiracy, burglary and wiretapping in January 1973. In this portion, Committee Chair Sam Ervin questioned McCord about his January 1973 conversation with Jack Caulfield, a former White House aide.

Updated: Monday, July 8, 2013 at 5:37pm (ET)

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