Sit., April 14,1171 (CMtJ TRIBUNE By LAWRENCE L. KNUT8ON , .AiMchMPren Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Harold^. UpÂ«et, the chief investigator for lenatore probing the Watergate bugging cut, has resigned after learning of imminent ductoeures that he once pleaded guilty in a bugging conspiracy case in New York. And in a separate development ,the FBI was reportedly ted by convicted Watergate conspirator James W. McCord to hidden bugging equipment said ,by his attorney to have been paid for with money supplied by President Nixon's reelection committee. The two developments came Friday amid unconfirmed reports the White House and the Senate Watergate investigating committee are moving closer to agreeing on an arrangement permitting the President's top aides to testify on the affair in public and under oath. Dozens of prominent GOP officeholders are on record as demanding that step by the White House. Lipset said he was resigning rather than cause any embar- rasment to the committee and Concern over 7,400 groups By KKANCES LEWINE Asiocutted Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)-Advisory commissions and boards have become so popular with presidents and Congress that the federal government now has a total of 1,400 such groups. They give advice on everything from cholera to missiles and cost $25.2 million last year. Congress began to get a little worried a while back about the burgeoning advisory business and asked the President and his Office of Management and Budget to look into the situation. Hie OMB came up with its first annual report on the subject and Nixon sent it to Congress Thursday. The report listed all the committees and cited their costs for calendar 1972 at 125,215,882. It said the cost for individual committees varied widely in 1972. The government gets some of its advice free from a few committees. The costs ranged up to the $1.75 million for the Department of Justice National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals. That commission works under the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration and has been engaged in trying to provide practical blueprints and tools for local police, courts and correction agencies to use in fighting crime. It held a big National Criminal Justice Conference in Washington in January with 1,500 local and state Officials on hand. Nixon currently has 21 advisory committees operating for him. Health, Education and Welfare tops the list with 367 advisory committees. Agriculture is next with 172, Interior is third with 126 and the Defense Department fourth with 95. The OMB now is conducting a poll asking every federal agency to report by July 2 on whether its advisory committee should be continued, revised, merged or abolished. The government has not even tallied up the total number of people who serve as advisers. Their names will be included in a boxful of 6,000 pages of detailed material being turned over to Congress. But an OMB spokesman, when asked for a head count, said: "I don't think anybody has counted them." ed about past--Watergate Investigator resigns ."to insure that my pretence in no way impedes the vitally important work." He added: "It is my belief that efforts to discredit me come- from the enemies of the committee who are seeking to. interfere with its .work." Upset, 51, is based in San Francisco and has been a private detective 27 years, often in Â·sensational cases. He did detec- 'tive work for the defense iirthe recent Angela Davis and Soledad Brothers murder cases. Lipset said his bugging conviction arose out of a,1966 marital case in which a tape recorder microphone was placed under the door of a was purchased last spring but Nixon re-election campaign, stuff." counsel for the Senate investi- set's guilty plea before hiriig room in New York's Plaza Ho--'that he did not know whether it can prove the hidden bugging McCord, who was once an op- gating committee. Neither him. 'Â·: tel. He said he pleaded guilty to had ever been used. ^equipment was bought with erative of the Central Intelli- McCord nor Dash would say a misdemeanor and was given Fehsterwald said. McCord, Nixon campaign funds because gence Agency, spent much of what was discussed. a suspended sentence. former security chief for the "he's got vouchers for the Friday with Samuel Dash, chief Dash did say he knew of Lip- Details of that case were first published last year after Lipset had been hired to investigate the Nassau County, N.Y., jail. Meanwhile, McCord was said by his lawyer to have taken FBI agents to four hiding places in Maryland where he had "stashed away" electronic bugging equipment while he was out on bond following the Watergate arrests last June. The lawyer, Bernard W. Fensterwald, said the bugging gear "Hal wouldn't vestigator if he into one or two be a good di; hadn't gotten jams." W. D. Fair feels meat ceiling decision right "I think he made the right decision. I think I would have done the same." This was the observation of W. D. Farr, president of the Farr Farms Co., in speaking to the Rotary Club Wednesday on President Nixon's imposition of ceilings on red meat at the packing, wholesale and retail levels. Farr is a member of the Food Advisory Committee to the Cost of Living Council. Part of Karr's speech emphasized the speed with which the administration acted in arriving at its decision to apply the ceiling on beef, lamb and pork. In supporting the President's decision, Farr noted the factors facing Mr. Nixon. Among these was the rising cost to housewives of red meat, a big symbol in the price of food and hence a very important item in the many forthcoming labor contract negotiations. The President had to consider the decision not only from the standpoint of domestic inflation but also from the viewpoint of the United State's global economic position and trade negotiations. Farr said that he was gotten out of the shower early on the morning of March 28 by a call from the Cost of Living Council, stating that, he was to be in Washington that afternoon for a meeting. All excuses that he had for being unable to make the meeting that afternoon were rejected, he said. The council knew exactly which plane he could take from Denver in time to make the meeting and had a reservation made for him. The group met with John T. Dunlop, director of the Cost of Living Council, and was given eight questions on which its advice was desired. Later there was a meeting with Secretary of the Treasury George Shultz. The next morning Shultz and Dunlop met with the President and that night Mr. Nixon made his nationwide address announcing the ceiling. Farr said the administration took part of the advice of the four men called to Washington, but not all of it. Supplies of beef have been backing up, Farp said, but when prices go below ceiling level, it will begin to move and at times the housewife shopping in late afternoon may find the meat counters empty because of the supply not meeting demand. Farr told the Rotarians that the price of food can't go down to the low level of the past. But it will level off and move more with the rest of world prices. Farr said there is a tremendous global demand for red meat and other food. The U.S. and other prosperous nations seek not only food, but high quality foods. To produce meat they must have grain and soybean protein. ! In the past, he said,the Soviet Union would have lived with its shortage of grain. Now it is unable to do so because the Russians are demanding .more meat. Russia has bought high quality wheat from this country and is not sacrificing its livestock. In discussing the world picture, Farr also spoke about the great trade potential of the Republic of China. No other countries can produce feed grain, soybeans and beef animals as well as the U.S., Farr said, and much of these products will be used in world trade to help U.S. balance of payments. To meet the demand for the commodities at home and abroad, Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz has removed acreage restrictions Farr noted. Farr also pointed out, in conclusion, the importance of the food problem to Weld County, because of its position as one of the greatest agricultural areas in the world. 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