ABC Evening News for Monday, Jul 16, 1973
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(Studio) Senate Watergate committee hears surprise testimony from former White House, aide Alexander Butterfield. Startles committee with revelation.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Capitol Hill) Butterfield, 1 of M.R. Haldeman's top aides, was in charge of bugging system ordered by President [Majority cnsl. Sam DASH - gives information on workings of bugging system and asks about telephone taps.] [BUTTERFIELD - says President' telephone in Oval Office, Executive Office, Lincoln Room, Camp David, MD, office all equipped with taps. Calls taped automatically.] [Minority chief cnsl. Fred THOMPSON - asks who installed phones.] [BUTTERFIELD - replies technical security division of Secret Service.] [THOMPSON - asks why bugging devices installed.] [BUTTERFIELD - states conversations taped for posterity and Nixon library.] [THOMPSON - asks who gave authority for such action.] [BUTTERFIELD - says President gave authority through M.R. Haldeman and Mr. (aide Larry) Higby.] [Senator Herman TALMADGE - asks if all calls of any nature to White House taped.] [BUTTERFIELD - replies calls sent or received on phones mentioned were taped.] [TALMADGE - questions if govs., mayors, Congmen., all taped and if there was warning signal to alert callers.] [BUTTERFIELD - testifies all callers taped and all callers unaware of taping.] Feeling runs high for President to produce tapes.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson