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Summer Daily

Vol. LXXXIlI, No. 64-S

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, August 17, 1973

Ten Cents

Twelve Pages

Watergate panel blasts
Nixon plea on scandal
Ervin again asks for release of tapes

Watergate committee gave no indi-
cation yesterday it will yield to
President Nixon's plea to turn the
scandal investigation over to the
courts, while the administration ad-
dresses other issues.
Committee chairman Sam Ervin
(D-N.C.) repeated his urgent re-
quests that Nixon release tape re-
cordings of relevant presidential
conversations and said it was unfor-
tunate Nixon had taken the attitude
the committee is "out to get him."
ONLY ONE of the seven senators on the
committee, Edward Gurney (R-Fla.) sup-
ported the President's position.
Reporting responses running from 5 to
1 to 6 to 1 in overwhelming support of the
President's views, the White House said
Nixon is determined to get on with the
pending national business of foreign policy,
s ! the economy, inflation, the energy crisis
and legislative proposals.
Ervin's office reported a flood of tele-
grams received after Nixon's speech ran
441 in favor of the committee's investiga-
tion with 88 supporting the President's po-
sition. Offices of other committee mem-
hers reported a similar response.
WHITE HOUSE Deputy Press Secretary
Gerald Warren said Nixon will face the
Watergate issue at least one more time,
at a news conference - his first in five
months - to be held at San Clemente
just prior to Labor Day.
AP Photo
Before that, Warren said Nixon will be-
gin a series of policy statements on na-
tional issues in a speech Monday to the
Thanks to the omnipresent beef shortage, horsemeat returned to area supermarkets national convention of the Veterans of
for the first time since World War II. Shoppers crowd around a Detroit meat Foreign Wars in New Orleans.
counter yesterday as the inexpensive horseflesh went on sale. Complacent racing The Watergate committee, now in a one-
steeds take note. See WATERGATE, Page 20
Agnew probe continues amid
indications indictments near

WASHINGTON {/P) - Jeb Magruder,
former deputy director of President Nix-
on's re-election committee, pleaded guilty
in federal court yesterday to a single con-
spiracy charge in connection with the
Watergate case.
Magruder was the second former Nixon
campaign aide to agree to cooperate with
federal prosecutors in exchange for be-
ing allowed to plead guilty to a single
FREDERICK LaRUE pleaded guilty on
June 27 to a single count of conspiracy to
obstruct justice.
U. S. District Court Judge John Sirica
deferred sentencing of Magruder until
after any future Watergate trials.
The judge read a letter from Watergate
special prosecutor Archibald Cox to Ma-
gruder's attorneys which gave the terms
under which the former administration
aide agreed to cooperate._ In exchange, the
prosecutor agreed not to pursue any other
potential charges against Magruder aris-
ing out of the Watergate affair.
MAGRUDER WAIVED his right to have
his case considered by the grand jury and
pleaded to a charge filed by theĀ°prosecu-
He was charged with conspiracy to un-
lawfully intercept wire and oral communi-
cations, to obstruct justice, and to defraud
the United States.
The prosecutors charged that Magruder
and unnamed co-conspirators carried out
"a strategy to unlawfully break into the
headquarters of the Democratic National
Committee . . . and unlawfully intercept
various wire and oral communications
taking place in said offices."

BALTIMORE, Md. (P) - The Justice
Department's top prosecutor met here
yesterday with U. S. attorneys and lawyers
for two Maryland businessmen who re-
portedly implicated Vice President Spiro
Agnew in an alleged bribery and kickback
scheme, amid reports that indictments
may be returned shortly.'
Asst. Atty. Gen. Henry Peterson, head
of the Justice Department's criminal di-
vision, and his special assistant, Philip
White spent several hours with U.S. Atty.
George Beall. Also present in Beal's of-
fices was Lester Matz, a Baltimore en-
gineering consultant, and his lawyers Ar-
nold Weiner and Joseph Kaplan.
MATZ, WHO has been granted limited

immunity in exchange for his testimony, is
said in published reports to have told pro-
secutors that he turned illegal kickbacks
from contractors over to Agnew, a former
Maryland governor.
Beall spoke briefly with newsmen follow-
ing the meeting but refused to say what
was discussed.
Asked if indictments were coming soon,
Beall replied: "I know where we are; I
don't know where we're going."
HOWEVER, sources close to the investi-
gation indicated indictments may be hand-
ed down shortly.
A special grand jury hearing testimony
in the case met for two hours yesterday
and then adjourned. The only witness seen

entering the hearing room was an uniden-
tified tax agent who has been working
with the prosecutors on the case. Beall
said the jury probably would not come
back into session until next Thursday.
The probe began last -December as an
investigation of Baltimore County offic-
ials and of engineering firms doing busi-
ness with the county and state, but did
not involve Agnew until this spring. The
Vice President was notified Aug. 2 that
he is under investigation for possible vio-
lations of bribery, extortion, conspiracy
and tax laws.
ATTY. GEN. Elliot Richardson met with
Agnew privately Aug. 6 to discuss the sta-

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