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THE SUMMER DAILY

Friday, June 15, 1 973

Frustrated Connally may quit
his post as 'informal' advisor

(Continued rois Page 3)
with Nixon Tuesday afternoon,
Connally emerged looking pre-
occupied and rather grim. Shortly
thereafter he boarded a plane for
Texas.
The fact that the President and
Connally have not renewed their
strong personal relationship of
S1971-72apparently stems in part
from circumstances that sur-
rounded Connally's return to the
administration.
WITH THE Watergate scandal
becoming an increasing personal
burden, Nixon summoned Con-
nally to his Key Biscayne, Fla.,
home early last month and of-
fered him a high-profile, per-
manent position. Connally refused
and, some sources said, may
<:have angered the President, who
needed to recruit high-powered
talent as he rebuilt his shaken
administration.
"Connally couldn't afford a full-
time job," one informant said.
AP Photo "He's not as rich as many people
JEB STUART MAGRUDER testifies before the Senate Watergate think. He has a lot of assets, but
Committee yesterday, telling the panel that former Atty. Gen. also a lot of liabilities."
John Mitchell approved the Watergate bugging plans, THE ONE-TIME strong man of
Magruder testifies Mitchell
approved Watergate bugging

the Nixon cabinet was dismayed, ported the former governor is
one source said, when the White giving a little thought now to
House made a formal announce- 1976 politics, an intimate friend
ment that he was becoming a was quoted as saying Connally
special adviser to Nixon. This is obsessed with the subject.
was quickly followed by publish- One Texas political operative
ed speculation his private in- said Connally's pride was deeply
terests' might conflict with his wounded by his relegation to a
public responsibilities-a devel- relatively minor.role in adminis-
opment that forced him to sever tration councils.
ties with his law firm and to "You can criticize him or dis-
resign from corporate director- agree with him," the source said,
ships. "but once you've hurt his pride,
ALTHOUGH it has been re- you've lost him."
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Continueid ifrm P'ge oI
to Liddy but "I asked him to do
something about his problems in
an attempt to be helpful."
MAGRUDER SAID in the Jan-
-uary conversation he told Halde-
man all aboit the cover-up he
said began the day that five
men were arrested in Watergate.
le said thev also discussed Ma-
gruder's own future, whether he
would receive the financial and
legl aid promised the seven or-
igiaX Watergite defendint-.
After M gruaer's talk with the
chief of -taft, he was gi-en a
$3hWtltt0-ve' ob in the ('m
mtice 1)e_-rtment - the highest
gi'.'erimiiieit 5)5ition that does not
-eitiire 'it coolfrmation. Ho'
wiis fired April 26
IHIIadeian resigiiid four diss
lst: r.
ASTHE 'OVERT-UP stry de-
veloped, M,grider s'iid, Strachan
drfpned out of the picture "and
Mr. Dean bisicvlly became our
liaison in the cover-up.'
Dean is scheduled as the next
witness and his testimoni is ex-
pected to take all three das of
next week. He has s'iid he talked
with the President 30-40 times
about Watergate in the Januars-
March period this year.
"Would yoi say Mr. Dean was
conducting an investigation or a
cover-up?" Magruder was asked.
"I THINK, senator, there was
never an investigation," was the
reply.
"There was a cover-up?"
"yes ."

MAGRUDER SAID M a u r i c e
Stuns, chief fund-raiser for the
campaign, was told in general
terms about the Watergate raid
at a meeting with Mitchell on
June 24-seven days after Water-
gate. Stuns testified Wednesday
he didn't recall such a meeting.
Asked what Haldeman offered
hini in the way of executive
clemency, Magruder replied: "He
w i sery careful to say he had
no aithority over that issue and
could not speak to that."
"It iould he unfairii to Mr. Hal-
demnln to s that he knew about
it, iCiise I don't knoir that,"
M grider s"id. "I csnnt spe-
cific. tis comment on direct ip-
Icm at of these plans or knowtl
edge of these plas by Mr. HIl-
deiian I don't know he knew of
these lt-ns beforehand.
"IT IS MY understanding
Strachan i'issed to Mr. Halde-
m what lie, Strachan, deemed
important enough for Mr. IHalde-
man."
WIILE T H E BURGLARY
plans were being worked out
with Gordon Liddv in the first
three months of last year, Ma-
gruder said, Haldeman aide
Gordon Strachan received re-
ports of everything being dis-
cussed.
"I am not privileged to the
memos that went between Dean
and Strachan and Haldeman and
the others at the White House,"
lie said.
"My first discussion with Hal-

deman was the Sunday after the
break-in. I did not have further
discussions with him until Janu-
ary."
IN THAT EARLIER conversa-
tion, on June 18, Magruder said,
Haldeman ordered him to clear
up the problems caused by the
arrest of James McCord, who
was security chief of Nixon's re-
election committee.
Magruder said lie had no
knowledge the President was
aware "of our errors in this mat-
ter."
"It's very easy for me to see
isw he would not le aware,"
Magruder said. "I'm just posi-
tive that many things occurred in
the White House that he was not
aware of. It was just the wsvi-r
that system worked."
Q. YOU SAY his staff kept hiiim
so remote and "isolated this could
have taken place without his
knowledge?
A. Yes.
Magruder said the cover-tip
began immediately after the ar-
rest of the men inside the Wat-
ergate office building.
"I DON'T THINK there ever
was any discussion that there
wouldn't be a cover-up," said
Magruder, the deputy director of
Nixon's re-election campaign.
"If it had gotten out, and peo-
ple like John Mitchell and others
had been involved at that point
in time, I honestly thought . . .
that the President might lose the
election."

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