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Watergate Hearings / Butterfield #471387

NBC Evening News for Monday, Jul 16, 1973
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(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

Utley, Garrick

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