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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Thursday, December 6, .1973

Page Twc, THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, December 6. 1973

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Nixon upset about tape erasure

(Continued from Page 1) your or badger you in any re-!
nothing about any accidental eras- spect."
ure. She mentioned it for the first He said that all the court wanted
time when she was recalled Nov. was the truth and "if you know
26. anything that can throw light on
Sirica told her he had not com- this problem on what caused the
mented on her testimony and said, 18-minute gap - this is the im-

"You see, even judges get accus-
ed. The first thing you know, I'll
be on trial."
miss Woods was summoned to-
1court during a recess to be ques-
tioned furtheraabout her testimony.
THE JUDGE told her "You'll:
agree, and I think everybody in
this courtroom will agree, nobody
tried to browbeat you or intimidate
I1
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portant thing. '
"Was it by accident or was it anI
action taken by somebody to erase
something the court should have
access to cover up something?"j
HAIG, who succeeded Haldeman1
as White House chief of staff, said
that on Sept. 28 the President told
him he was going to start review-
ing the nine tapes that then were
under subpoena. This was at a
time when the administration was
still fighting in court to keep fromE
turning the tapes over to Sirica
and to the Watergate grand jury.
Haig said that he recalled being Rose Mary Woods
told about Miss Woods' "mistake" Woods thought it was 41/25 mi
and notified White House counsel utes g
Fred Buzhardt that a gap might utes.
occur. He said Buzhardt told him B
that the Haldeman conversation BUT ON THE EVENING of Nov.
was not part of the subpoena. 14, Haig said, when Buzhardt and
He said he telephoned Miss another presidential lawyer, Sam-
Woods at Camp David, Md., to tell uel Powers, were listening to the
her not to bother transcribing the tapes to prepare an analysis for
Haldeman conversation which fol- the court, they discovered that the
lowed back-to-back a subpoenaed gap actually was18 minutes long.
conversation Nixon had had June
20 with John Ehrlichman, his do- Haig said he was in his office
mestic adviser. and that Buzhardt came in and

Nov. 15, he and Buzhardt ex-
plained the problem again to Nix-
on.
The President expressed con-
cern about it, but not chagrin,"
Haig recalled. It was then decided
to retrieve Haldeman's notes from
his locked file cabinet on the
White House grounds.
THOSE NOTES showed that Wat-
ergate had been under discussion
in that portion of thetape that was
erased and "this was not a piece
of news I accepted with tranquil-
ity," Haig said.
He said that Buzhardt tried to
recreate the tone on the tape and
telephoned him, while he was en
route from Florida to, Memphis,
Tenn., on Nov. 20.
"He was concerned because he
could not find any confirmation
that the machine could cause the
overriding tone in the 18-minute
gap," Haig said. "That was a
shocking piece of news to me and
I was much disturbed by that."
HAIG SAID he waited until Nix-
on got through with his meeting
in Memphis before telling him.
It was in Memphis, at a Repub-
lican governors' conference, that
Nixon assured his listeners that
there were no more bombshells to
come in the Watergate case.
Once told, he said, Nixon order-
ed that the gap be disclosed to
the prosecutors and the judge as
soon as possible and that was done
on Nov. 21.
BUZHARDT had testified at first
he had "no innocent explanation,"
for the buzz, but later was able
to duplicate the two tones that
could be heard on the tape.
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HAIG SAID on Oct. 1, when the
President told him about the prob-
lem, Nixon was most concerned
about "Miss Woods' state of
mind."
Q. What was your understand-
ing of the length of the portion of
the tape recording that was
erased or obliterated?
A. The President told that Miss

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said, "I've got yet another prob-
lem.
"Buzhardt said 'you recall the
accident Rose described to the
President' . . . He said 'we've just
put a timer on the gap and that in-
stead of 4% minutes, it ran 18 and
a quarter.'
HE SAID 'that's not all. I have
reassessed and checked the sub-
poena and Powers and I conclud-
ed this is in fact subpoenaed con-
versation'."
Haig said he then told Nixon
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