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Vol. LXXA11, No. 54-5

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, August 3, 1973

Ten Cents

Twelve Pnnes

Helms says Watergate bugger
on CIA payroll during break-in
6 said todeny
Hunt order
WASHINGTON (Al - Richard
Helms, former director of the Cen-
tral Intelligence Agency, disclosed
yesterday that one of the men ar-
rested in the Watergate break-in
was being paid a $100 monthly re-
tainer at the time.
And Helm's onetime deputy told
the Senate Watergate committee
that John Ehrlichman denied to him
that he had sent Howard Hunt to
get CIA assistance for a White
House "plumbers" assignment. Hunt
later pleaded guilty to his involve-
ment in the Watergate break-in.
GEN. ROBERT CUSHMAN, a four-star
general who now is commandant of the
Marine Corps, said Ehrlichman's denial
"shook up my recollection," but that a
transcript of his tape-recorded meeting
with Hunt confirmed it again.
"There is no qsuestion in your mind as
you appear before this committee?" asked
Sen. Lowell Weicker fR-Coon.)
"No sir," said Csushman.


The many faces of Richard Helms
Nio p/ ossibl inked t
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AP Photo

THE COMMITTEE, driving to finish
the current phase of the hearings and go
on vacation by the end of next week, pol-
ished off its questioning of Helms and
C(shman in a day. Not since the third
week of the nine-week old hearings have
two witnesses come and gone in the same
'The agency had no involvement in the
break-in, no involvement whatever," said
Helms in the only emotional moment of
an otherwise amiable session. He pounded
his palm against the table as he said it,
Helms, now ambassador to Iran, said
he resisted White House feelers to get the
CIA involved in the Watergate cover-up,
saying "I want to lean heavily on the fact

WASHINGTON (A') - The White House
said yesterday that President Nixon may
have sent the Justice Department policy
decisions on antitrust matters -in general.
But a spokesman refused to discuss a
memo warning that Nixon could be linked
to a specific, major antitrust settlement.
The 1972 memorandum, written by Char-
les Colson, then a special counsel to the
President, warned that documents existed
which could link Nixon to a highly con-
troversial settlement of a giant federal
antitrust case against International Tele-
phone & Telegraph Co.
THE COLSON MEMO, written for then-
White House chief of staff H. R. Halde-
man, was made public Wednesday at the
Senate Watergate committee hearings.
At the White House, Deputy Press Secre-
tary Gerald Warren refused comment on
the memorandum in line with White House
policy of refusing to discuss testimony or
evidence before the Watergate committee.
"Whatever policy decisions the President
may have r e 1 a y e d regarding antitrust
matters in general would be entirely with-
in the prerogative of the President and
entirely within the proper application of

antitrust laws," Warren said.
THE COLSON MEMO also cited other
high-ranking administration officials as
taking an active interest in settlement of
the ITT cases, including Vice President
Spiro Agnew and former Atty. Gen. John
Mitchell. The memo said that before the
ITT cases were settled out of court, Mit-
chell was made au-are of an ITT sub-
sidiary's pledge to underwrite the Repub-
lican National Convention to the tune of
Special Watergate prosecutor Archibald
Cox is reportedly seeking the White House
files on the ITT case, but Warren would
not discuss that either, saying it was a
matter between Cox and the White House
counsel's office.
The White House has previously denied
any involvement in the ITT settlement.
Mitchell has testified under oath he had
no knowledge of the Sheraton pledge be-
fore the settlement. Watergate committee
chief counsel Samuel Dash said the Col-
son memo apparently showed "an act of
perjury on the part of Mitchell."
IN THE MEANTIME, Sen. Edward Ken-
nedy (D-Mass.) charged that the Senate
Judiciary Committee was misled and lied

to in its investigation of the ITT settle-
Kennedy angrily declared at a commit-
tee hearing on the nomination of William
Ruckelshaus to be deputy attorney gen-
eral that he will not vote on the nomina-
tion until he finds out if the administration
will turn over its ITT files.
In testimony b e f o r e the committee,
Ruckelshaus said that when he was ap-
pointed acting FBI director succeeding
Patrick Gray, Nixon assured him he was
not involved in the Watergate break-in
or the cover-up.
IN A RELATED development, Sen. John
Tunney (D-Calif.) isssued a statement call-
ing for a new Justice Department anti-
trust action against ITT as a result of
the disclosures before the Watergate com-
mittee. Tunney called the ITT settlement
"nothing more than a fraud on the public."
"Now we have a 1972 White House
memorandum that directly implicates the
President in the arrangement of favorable
antitrust settlements for the giant" ITT,
Tunney said, adding that the memo sug-
gests perjury and cover-up have become a
mainstay of White House policy and "ob-
literates any legitimacy the settlements
on behalf of ITT may have had."

Gen. Robert Cushman

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