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Phone hoax confuses committee
Continued from Page 3) reply to the committee's request know when it would be compleed. At a meeting in LaRue's apart- "Yes, I believe that was told to
The committee, the President for the tapes over the weekend. In the course of the hearings yes- ment, Liddy told not only of the me by Mr. Magruder at the Air-
and the attorney general immedi- Ziegler told reporters at Bethesda terday former Asst. Atty. Gen. Watergate wiretapping but about porter Hotel," said Mardian.
ately asked the FBI to investigate Naval Hospital, where the Presi- Robert Mardian, a re-election com- his involvement in the 1971 break- HE SAID at first he didn't even
the phony call. dent is winding up a week's stay, mittee campaign aide, testified that in at the office of Daniel Ells- know what the term "black ad-
And so the whole controversy that the President told him the John Mitchell rejected an early re- berg's psychiatrist and his alleged vance" meant.
over the tapes, which have been tapes had never been transcribed quest to supply bail money to the role in getting ITT lobbyist Dita "I assumed when they told me it
automatically recording conversa- and said the White House counsel's o r i g i n a I Watergate defendants. Beard into hiding. was a black advance man," he
tion in Nixon's office for more than office indicated to him their content Mardian said he was told within Mardian said Liddy told him that said. "They told me it was activi-
two years, remained to be settled. is not being reviewed. hours after the Watergate break-in President Nixon had given approv- ties carried on to disrupt the ad-
EXISTENCE of the tape record- THE TAPES could prove or dis- that Mitchell had approved a bud- al for the Ellsberg break-in, an vance schedule of the opposition."
ings was disclosed publicly Mon- prove conversation that former get for dirty tricks and that Mit- allegation later denied by Nixon Mitchell has steadfastly denied.
day in surprise testimony by Alex- presidential counsel John Dean said chell didn't deny it. and others involved in the crime. Mitphedhasbgt e at on.
ander Butterfield, a former White he had with the President which MARDIAN TOLD the committee MARDIAN RELATED in detail he approved any bugging operation.
House aide who now heads the indicated to him Nixon knew about that G. Gordon Liddy, the leader of how he first learned of the break- LaRue, another campaign aide,
Federal Aviation Administration. the cover-up of the Watergate the bugging crew, confessed his in while he was in California with wound up his second day of testi-
White House Press Secretary scandal. involvement to Mardian and cam- Mitchell, Jeb Magruder and others. mony before Mardian took the
Ronald Ziegler had said before the Asked if the Nixon letter would paign aide Frederick LaRue within Mardian was asked if there was stand and again recounted how at
hoax call that Nixon was going to be made public Monday, the White a few days after the break-in on discussion that afternoon about a a meeting in Florida March 30,
Camp David to work on a written House spokesman said he did not June 17, 1972. budget Mitchell had approved for Mitchell deferred action on the
-- "dirty tricks and black advance." bugging plan.

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Prosecution opens its
testimony against Pun

(continued from Page 3)
be quiet. You're lucky the man
didn't come up and break both
your arms and both your legs."
Asked by The Daily yesterday
why a hard drug dealer like Wag-
ner would go to the police unless
he was in fear of his safety,
Plamondon replied, "I think he
was righteously paranoid because
he had burned so many people."
THE DEFENSE will try to
discredit Wagner as a witness
by providing he dealt in hard
drugs, was dishonest in those
dealings, and perhaps made a
deal with the police to escape
threats of violence, according to
At one point during cross ex-
amination by defense counsel
Hugh "Buck" Davis, Wagner ap-
peared to contradict himself on
the question of whether he had
dealt in opium.
The sparsely attended trial is
being held in the Wexford County
Courthouse before Circuit Court
Judge William Peterson (no rela-
tion to Bruce). Only about 15
people attended yesterday's pro-
BECAUSE OF what Davis call-
ed the "subtle fears and pre-
judices" of the Cadillac citizens,
made evident during jury selec-
tion earlier this week, the de-
fense haswaived the right to a
jutry trial.
The court also heard Wagner
teestify yesterday concerning his
contacts with State Police which
led to the arrests of Plamondon
and Blazier.

Corroborated by undercover
agent Ro b er tWard;Wagner
stated he helped make two tape
recorded telephone calls to Pla-
mondon in which he attempted
to entrap the defendant.
THOSE TAPES wdre played in
court and included such ex-
changes as:
Wagner: I mean you know,
man, I can't even be seen in the
streets any more.
Plamondon: Hey man, look, I
don't want to hear it, man. You
know what the deal was when
we left and the deal is still
on . . . You get the shit when
we get the shit. Everything is
cool, dig?
Wagner then described how he
was"wired up for sound" by the
police, given $3,500 in cash, and
dispatched with an undercover
agent to trap Plamondon at the
Arborland S h o p p i n g Center,
where Wagner was to pay off the
debt and receive his belongings.
exhibits introduced by the prose-
cution as those belongings.
Throughout the legal proceed-
ings, the Rainbow People have
contended the prosecution of
Plamondon and Blazier has been
politically motivated as an effort
to discredit the party.
The prosecution is not concern-
ed with winning the case, accord-
ing to Plamondon. "They've al-
ready won because all the people
knowis that Plamondon is in
trouble again," he said.
ner will continue today. He will
be followed on the stand by

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Michel Gauvin, head of the Canadian peace-keeping contingent in
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