Search the Archive

Watergate Hearings / Butterfield #26744

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jul 16, 1973
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(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

Donaldson, Sam;
Reasoner, Harry

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.