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Summer Daily

Vol. LXXXIII, No. 41-S

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, July 17, 1973

Ten Cents

Twelve Pages

Pres 1nt aa qIe say
Sixon offices bugge
Tapes may hold key to Watergate
WASHINGTON (Ri-A former as-
sistant to President Nixon said yes-
611 terday the President had listening
devices in his offices and on his
telephones that would havye recorded
- conversations with' Watergate fig-
ures John Dean, H. R. Haldeman,
w John Ehrlichman and Charles Col-
o . :'son.

The microphones and telephone
bugs were installed with Nixon's
knowledge and concurrence and
operated all that time, Alexander
Butterfield told the Senate Water-
gate committee.
"There was no doubt in my mind they
were installed to record things for pos-
terity, for the Nixon Library," Butterfield
said. "The President was quite conscious
to that type of thing."
Q. On whose authority were they in-
A. On the President's and Haldeman's.
Q. Who else knew about the presence of
these devices?
A. The President, taldeman, aide Larry
Higby and I, plus the Secret Service
people who installed the equipment.
duties as deputy assistant to the President
from the first day of the7 administration,
Jui. 21, 1969, until he left the post March
11 of this year. The 47-year-old Butterfield
was sworn in that day as administrator of
the Federal Aviation Administration.
Minority comsel Fred Thompson, who
qipestioned Butterfield, brofitght out that
the executive had volunteered the in-
formation about the recording devices at
a staff interview last Friday.
Butterfield was called as a surprise
witness--on only three hours' notice, he
said-ahead of Herbert Kalmbach, the
President's former personal lawyer and
an ace fund-raiser.
HE SAID the listening devices were
placed in the Olval Office in the summer
or fall of 1970. At the same time other
microphones and telephone taps were put
in Nixon's office in the Executive office
building in the Cabinet room, and the West
Wing of the White Hoise, he said.
Telephone monitoring equipment was
on Nixon's phones in the Oval Office, the
office building, the Lincoln sitting room in
the residence portion of the White House
and the President's private cabin at Camp
David, Md.
Butterfield said the Camp David taps
were removed whenever foreign -digni-
taries were guests.
THE TESTIMONY obviously was elicit-
ed as part of the committee's drive to
obtain information from the White House
See NIXON, Page 10u.

AP Photo
WATERGATE COMMITTEE counsel Rufus Edmisten may have his eyes on a subpoena in the near future as deputy assistant
to the President, Alexander Butterfield, testified yesterday that President Nixon ordered listening devices placed in the White
House Oval Office, the President's office in the Executive Office Building and the Cabinet Room, for "historical purposes."
On the left Sen. Howard Baker (R-Tenn,) sucks thoughtfully on his pipe, and on the right is Sen. Sam Ervin (D-N.C.).
Mitchell, Sans lawyers claim

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NEW YORK (A -Former Atty. Gen.
John Mitchell and former Commerce Sec-
retary Maurice Stans claimed yesterday
that the "carnival atmosphere" of the
Watergate hearings would make it im-
possible for them to get fair trials here
on charges involving a $200,000 contribution
to President Nixon's re-election campaign.
Lawyers for the two asked U.S. District
Court Judge Lee Gagliardi to dismiss the
charges of conspiracy, obstructing justice
and perjury or to move the trial to an-
other district or to agree to an indefinite

THEY SAID the televised Watergate
hearings accompanied by far-flung pub-
licity would make it impossible to find
impartial jurors.
The new legal papers filed yesterday
also accused Sam Dash, chief counsel to
the Senate Watergate committee, of "im-
propriety and a contrary attitude toward
Mr. Mitchell's denials of guilty,"
In his motions, Mitchell claimed "the
Senate hearings have not been objective..
They have sought to prove guilt and not to
find truth. And they have literally over-
whelmed the country. Finally, they are not

fair trial
over. The committee has already announc-
ed new hearings in September on the
question of political contributions, with
hearings on alleged illegal political espion-
age to follow later in this year or early
in 1974."
"IN SUCH an atmosphere, John Mitchell
is called to stand trial for his life."
Mitchell and Stans are scheduled for.
trial in U.S. District Court here Sept. 11.
They are accused of accepting the $200,000
See MITCHELL, Page 10

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