Vol LXXXIII, No. 22-S
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, June 8, 1973
Watergate witness admits perjw y
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WASHINGTON l-H. R. Haldeman has testified that ousted White
House counsel John Dean never was asked to investigate the Watergate.. ,,
raid, never made a written report, and never spoke directly to President
Nixon about it until this year.
F The former White House chief of staff said the President's principal
source of information about the wiretapping last year were reports relayed
by himself or John Ebrlichman, who was Nixon's chief domestic advisor.
ON AUGUST 29 of last year, Nixon
had indicated that an investigation
conducted by Dean had cleared all
administration employes of involve-
ment in Watergate. Dean denies
making the probe.
Tn the testimony, taken during the
course of a civil suit filed by the Demo-
cratic National Committee in the after-
math of the bugging, Haldeman said that
Nixon never talked to Dean face-to-face
about Watergate until a series of meetings
beginning last February.
Haldeman testified further that Nixon
did not ask for a formal investigation or
report on the scandal until March 20,
eight months after the break-in at Demo-
cratic National Committee headquarters.
IN A RELATED development yesterday,
the Senate Watergate committee heard
former Nixon campaign official Herbert
Porter testify that he gave the FBI, a
grand jury and the first Watergate trial a
false account of how $100,000 went to G.
Porter said that Jeb Magruder, former
deputy director of the Committee to Re-
elect the President, asked him to relate
a false story that Liddy was given the
money to check the infiltration of "radical
elements" into the campaign.
Porter said that shortly after the June
17, 1972 Watergate break-in, Magruder
called him into a meeting and asked him
to cooperate in telling investigators a
false story about the money.
BOTH PORTER and Magruder later told
the story under oath in January at the
trial that resulted in the conviction of
Liidy and James McCord Jr. Porter is
the first witness from the original Water-
gate trial to publicly admit that he
MEANWHILE, President Nixon yester-
#ay nominated Kansas City Police Chief
Clarence Kelley to be permanent director
of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Nixon said that Kelley would offer the
FBI, "strong and independent leadership."
The 61-year-old Kelley spent 21 years
with the FBI before becoming police chief
of the Missouri city in 1961. Atty. Gen.
Elliot Richardson told reporters he felt
Kelley's FBI service would satisfy the
many senior officials of the agency who
had urged Nixon to pick a director from
their own ranks.
WILLIAM RUCKELSHAUS now is care-
taker chief of the agency and will remain
until the new nominee is confirmed by the
Kelley, credited with helping to produce
a 25 per cent drop in Kansas City's crime
See HALDEMAN, Page 8
H. R. HALDEMAN, who has testified that contrary to statements by President Nixon,
the White House did not undertake an investigation of the Watergate affair until
March of this year.
Washtenaw County pays
$8100 for jail haircuts,
How much is a head of hair worth? Nine
hundred dollars, according to the County
Board of Commissioners.
That is the sum they agreed to pay
each of nine persons who filed suit against
Washtenaw County and then-Sheriff Doug
Harvey two years ago.
THE BOARD voted to grant the $8100
out-of-court settlement after two years of
haggling about the legality of mandatory
haircuts in the jail.
The plaintiffs were shaved bald after
being arrested during a 1970 demonstration
protesting GE recruitment on campus.
They originally named former Sheriff
Douglas Harvey in the suit; his name was
later dropped because it could not be
proved that he had ordered the haircuts.
Harvey came in for some harsh words
at the Board iheeting. Commissioner Bent
Nielsen (R-Ann Arbor) said the actions
of one man had produced an '$8100 bill for
"IT WAS HIS personal pleasure to shave
the hair off those guys . . . now the tax-
payers are having to pay $8100 for his
pe sonal pleasure," he said.
Mandatory haircuts are no longer re-
quired at the jail.
The plaintiffs decided not to take their
case to trial because the settlement was
mutually acceptable to both parties in the
"HAIR IS NOT a major political issue,"
Glenn Mitchell, one of the $900 winners,
said. "After two and a half years, it
doesn't seem worth it to pursue this case
"It was a good settlement," said Paul
Wilson, another plaintiff.
"If we had taken this to court and won,
though, it would have been a legal pre-
cedent. No sheriff could cut off some-
THE SUIT originally asked for $200,000
in damages. "You know how these law-
suits go," Wilson said. "You ask for a
million and you get a dollar."
Others receiving $900 in the settlement
are:. Mark Wellman, Robert Parsons,
Mark Moss, Frederick Miller, James
Kirk, James Forester and Gerald Shlifer.