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Friday, Juay 12, 1974

-THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Three

Fridoy, July 12, 1974 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Poge Three

House report shows Nixon
feared link to Watergate

Watergate
developments
at a glance
EVIDENCE - The House Judic-
iary Committee publicly released
seven volumes of testimony and
documents outlining what its im-
peachment staff learned about
President Nixon's role in Water-
gate.
GRAND JURY - Documents re-
leased by the Judiciary Committee
did not include the grand jury re-
port naming President Nixon an
unindicted co-conspirator in the
Watergate cover-up.
NIXON DEFENSE - Material
submitted to the Judiciary C'om-
mittee in defense of President Nix-
on seeks to discredit his principal
accuser, John Dean, and to blame
others for a $75,000 payment to
Watergate conspirator E. Howard
I tent.
IMPE ACHMENT - mean, the
former presidential counsel, testi-
fied behind closed doors of the Ju-
diciary Committee, recounting tes-
timony that led to the impeach-
ment inquiry.
TAPES - A Watergate proseca-
tor told U. S. District Judge John
J. Sirica there is another gap, this
one almost 19 minutes long, in
White house recordings of presi-
dential conversations.
PLUMBERS - Prosecution and
defense attorneys presented clos-
ing arguments in the plumbers'
trial and disagreed'whether John
Ehrlichman, Nixon's former do-
mestic advisor, plotted an illegal,
secret search of a psychiatrist's
office.

By JEFF DAY
Special To The Oaily
WASHINGTON-Over 4,00 pages of
secret evidence presented to the House
Judiciary Committee during June and
July and released early today reveal
that President Nixon was afraid that
Watergate investigations would lead di-
rectly to him.
According to the report, the President
said that "looking to the future there
were problems and that (former Deput y
Campaign Director Jeb Stuart) Magru-
der could bring it right back to tlalde-
man."
TIIAT LINK in turn, Nixon cont cued
"could bring it right back to the White
House, right back to the Presideitt."
The remarks were made on Mat:rch
17, 1973 during a meeting between Nixon
and his Counsel John Dean- fear days
befure the session in which he claits
to have first heard the full W'v'ate
stury.
he President his refused to turn
oer transcripts of that meetiung ad
the committee report is based on the
liter recording in which the discui
was recalled.
TIlE EDITED transcripta can aruig
the March 17 meeting which the Presi
dent supplied the committee "coatai
no discussion of matters relating to
Watergate," the report stated.
For the most part, the eight volume
document, which represents the findings
of the investigative staff of the Ilouse
Judiciary Committee looking into the
impeachment of the President, are un-
impressive and contain no new informa-
tion.
The committee made no charges in
the report, saying it was its purpose to
present an "objective, impartial presen-
tation which will enable each member
of the committee to make an informed
judgment."
WHAT' TIIE STUDY does present is a
day-by-day account of the Watergate
affair beginning with a Dec. 2, 1972 mem-
arandttm from Gordon Strachan toi for-
mer Chief of Staff HI.IR. "Bob" tHlde-
man concerning developments of "a po-
litical intelligence committee."
It was this committee that hatched
he Watergate break-in plot.
"The attorney general discused with
John Dean the need to develop a politi-
cal intelligence capability. Gordon Liddy
. . . will handle intelligence as well as
legal matter," the memo, labeled "ad-
ministratively confidential," said. "Dean
will also work with Liddy on the politi-
cal enemies project."
THE REPORT continues through the
July 17 break-in in which five burglars
See JUDICIARY, Page 19

Hob-nobbing with the expert
The fellow sitting to the right of U-M economics professor Paul McCracken in
Washington yesterday may look familiar - he's something of a celebrity around
the Capitol in his own right. Yes, it's none other than President Nixon confer-
ring with business leaders and economists from across the country about the
state of the dollar.

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State legislature ponders
0 1 r . rl . e
increases in'U budget
By JEFF SORENSEN a 9.7 per cent salary increase, a five per year, the cost of living had gone up .48
The state legislature is currently con- cent inflationary increase on non-salary per cent, so that "in fact, the six per
sidering a bill which could hike the Uni- items and a .7 per cent staff benefits cent increase would mean a reduction in
versity budget as much as $9.3 million increase. income for faculty members."
over last year's total., Nevertheless, Fedele Fauri, University If the final bill passed by the legisla-
The Higher Education Bill, which con- vice president for state relations and ture today is higher than the governor's
tains the figures for the University bud- planning, said he was "highly pleased" recommendations, those funds will like-
get, is now in a joint Senate-House con- with the increased allotment passed by ly be earmarked for further faculty sal-
ferende committee. The committee is ex- the House and hopeful that the Senate ary increases and financial aid in-
". ..creases.

pected to iron out the differences be-
tween the House and Senate versions of
the bill sometime today and send the
measure back to the legislature for a
final vote.
GOVERNOR William Miltiken in Janu-
ary recommended a nine million dolar
increase in the University's budget. Last
week the Senate passed a bill calling for
an $8.8 million increase over last year's
figure. Wednesday, the House passed a
version of the samse bill allocating a re-
cord $105.5 million budget, $9.3 million
more than last year.
The House bill was rejected yes-
terday by the Senate, and thus was sent
to the conference committee. Final ap-
proval of the compromise bill is expect-
ed today as the lawmakers attempt to
finish up business so they can begin
campaigning for the August 6 primaries..
The increases in this year's budget
are slated for salary hikes of at least
six per cent for all University personnel
and at least a four percent increase on
all non-salary items including financial
aid funds.
THE UNIVERSITY had requested an
increase of $23.4 million, which included

wo idconcur."
University officials had previously
criticized the governor's recommenda-
tions as "insufficient."
PRESIDENT Robben Fleming said
that the recommended increases "hardly
kept pace with the cost of living."
"We are concerned," said Fleming,
"that no specific increase was planned
for financial aid beyond a general four
per cent increase to offset inflationary
pressures."
Fleming also expressed concern over
the lack of funding for expanded staff
enrollments in the new Architecture and
Design Building on North Campus and
the Governor's recommended 15 per cent
cut in travel expenditures, saying that
increasing gasoline prices "mean the ac-
tual decrease would be considerably
higher." ~
HAROLD Johnson, professor of social
work and chairman of the Senate Assem-
bly's Committee on the Economic Status
of the Faculty, stated that the six per
cent salary increase slated by the gover-
nor is "grossly inadequate."
- Johnson pointed out that for the 12-
month period ending in November of last

Convicts hold hostages
in D.C. court building

WASHINGTON I-Two armed con-
victs facing long prison terms seized
seven hostages in the U.S. District Court-
house and threatened to kill them yes-
terday unless given safe passage 0it
of the country.,
"There should be no reason why a lot
of people should die uselessly, man, just
because two men want their freedom,"
said Robert Jones, one of the convicts,
"IF I HAVE to go out of here feet
first, I am ready," added Frank Gor-
ham, Jones' partner.
The prisoners made their bid for free-
dom in midafternoon while being escort-
ed by U.S. marshals into the historic
courthouse where the Watergate trials
are being conducted.
George Hart, chief judge of the U.S.
District Court, ordered food brought in

to feed the hostages and prisoners short-
ly after 9 p.m. He told reporters, "We're
prepared to stay quite a while,"
SIIORTLY BEFORE tart ordered food
brought in, the prisoners permitted the
hostages to place phone calls to their
relatives.
Gorham, in a telephone interview with
radio station WASH, appeared growing
edgy as the hours passed. "I realize this
stuff takes time, but it has been six
hours and somebody should have done
something. We are trying to cooperate
as much as we can and we are not
getting nowhere."
Jones, citing their demand for a car
to drive to nearby National Airport and
a plane to fly them outside the United
States, said, "I just want a break, man,
See TWO, Page 9

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