× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Watergate Hearings / Butterfield #471387

NBC 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. For any such use, please visit NBC NEWS Archives XPRESS.

(Studio) Surprise witness, Alexander Butterfield, former aide to M.R. Haldeman, testifies before Senate Watergate committee Says President ordered secret electronic listening devices in his offices and taps on his telephones. Butterfield states bugs installed in Oval Office and Executive Office. Telephones tapped in Camp David office and Lincoln Room. Butterfield worked with Secret Service on bugging system. Recordings are automatic with voice sound.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Capitol Hill) [Minority chief cnsl. Fred THOMPSON - asks if bugging system could pick up any voice sounds in room.] Butterfield confirms. [THOMPSON - questions why devices installed.] [BUTTERFIELD - believes devices recorded conversations and mtgs. for posterity and Nixon library. For collection and preservation of documents.] [THOMPSON - asks who gave authority to bud offices and telephones.] [BUTTERFIELD - states President gave authority through M.R. Haldeman and Larry Higby.] [THOMPSON - questions John Dean's and John Ehrlichman's possible knowledge of recorders.] [BUTTERFIELD - believes Dean and Ehrlichman had no knowledge of recorders.] [THOMPSON - asks if from 1970 to present, all conversations and mtgs. recorded in rooms specified earlier.] [BUTTERFIELD - says to his knowledge all were recorded. Could still be in operation but not sure about recording now.] [Senator Sam DASH - asks if President ever asked Butterfield to disconnect system.] [BUTTERFIELD - replies negatively. Says President seemed oblivious to recorders.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) Committee expects to draft letter to White House asking for tapes. Answer not expected until Senate committee chairperson Sam Ervin meets with President Tapes crucial to determine Dean's honesty in testimony involving President in Watergate. Butterfield says President may use tapes to support his claim that he had no knowledge of Watergate before March `73. Dean's lawyer says tapes to show Dean's testimony true.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Capitol Hill) [BUTTERFIELD - says matter discussed may be Nixon's defense. Believes President not guilty of wrongdoing. Hopes that by openness, has not hurt President' defense.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

Reporter(s):
Utley, Garrick
Duration:
00:05:00

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.