CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 16, 1973
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(Studio) Surprise witness, former White House aide Alexander Butterfield, tells Senate Watergate committee about widespread White House bugging and telephone tapping.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Capitol Hill) [BUTTERFIELD - discloses knowledge of tapped phones in Oval Office, Executive Office, Camp David, MD, office and Lincoln Room.] For 2 years President' conversations and mtgs. recorded by Secret Service for historical reasons. [BUTTERFIELD - says President, M.R. Haldeman, Larry Higby and Butterfield knew about recording devices.] [Minority chief cnsl. Fred THOMPSON - asks if John Ehrlichman or John Dean knew about listening devices.] [BUTTERFIELD - guesses Dean and Ehrlichman definitely unaware.] [Senator Sam DASH - asks if President ever asks about recording devices.] [BUTTERFIELD - replies no. President seems oblivious that recording machines are present.] [Senator Herman TALMADGE - asks if all calls of whatever nature to White House taped.] [BUTTERFIELD - says all calls recorded to and from 4 phones in offices mentioned.] [TALMADGE - asks if any warning signal on machine to allow caller to know conversation being taped.] [BUTTERFIELD - states other than buzzing sound that should give warning, no one knew conversation was being recorded.] At end of meeting with Senate Watergate committee , Butterfield closes with this note. [BUTTERFIELD - believes all questions answered honestly. Doesn't think President guilty of any wrongdoing.] Watergate committee intends to ask for tapes to find truth of President involvement in Watergate as stated in Dean's testimony.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr