Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 30, 1974 · Page 113
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June 30, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 113

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by Lloyd Shearer ' WASHINGTON, D.C T his week the Senate Watergate Committee is scheduled to fold its tent and quieth/slip away. After 16 months of highly pub* litized activity, what will that committee of seven U.S. Senators and 96 staffers be most remembered for? ... Probably for the intriguing cast of motley characters it presented to the American public via television from May to November of 1973--sleazy White House detectives, Presidential aides of arrogance, deceit,,and low character, young men of unbridled ambition and amorality, and a variety of other personalities, many of them so craven, ruthless, stupid, conspiratorial and sycophantic that they would and did do anything to "stay on the team" and "play ball." What was the Watergate commit' tee's most outstanding accomplishment? Probably the vital, far-reaching revelation that President Nixon ordered secret, voice-activated tape recorders installed in his offices in the White House, the Executive Office Building, and at Gamp David. The! man responsible for that key revelation which led to notorious ramifications is Don Sanders, 44, a tall, lean, brown-eyed, grey-haired Missouri lawyer, a life-long Republican, a 10-year staff man with the FBI, a former chief counsel for the House Internal Security Committee, headed by Rep. Richard (chord (0., Mo.) It was Sanders, a minority member of the Watergate staff, who, in informal session, on July 13,1973, at 5:35 p.m., asked Alexander ButternXd, a Haldeman henchman who had worked in the White House as a deputy assistant to the President, the most fateful and influential question of the entire hearings: · SANDERS: John Dean has testified that on one occasion while in the President's office he was taken to the side of the office by the President and addressed in a very low voice concerning a Presidential conversation with Charles Colson about demency. Do you know of any validity for this implication by John Dean that conversations in the President's office are tape recorded? · nmatnELD: i'ye been very concerned that I might be asked this question. I've wondered what I would say. I'm concerned about the effect my answer will have on national'se- curity and international affairs. But I think I'm.obligated to answer you now just as I would be required to do if I were under oath. Yes, there's a recording system in the President's offices..." . ··V;;-,V.'-::,;'-'.;;. · Under questioning by Sanders, Alex OC ?O35^;s^^-^;^f^ ·v?o^/-.-;^ ·-···': The Man Who Asked: Donald C. Sanders, 44, from Missouri, ex-Marine, ex- FBI agent, and deputy minority counsel on Senate Watergate Committee. The Sanders Family: Daughter Deb/ (for Deborah), wife Dolores, Sanders, and (standing) sons Matthew and Michael at their home in Springfield, Va.

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