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Golesburg Register-Moil,Golesburg, III. Wednesday,, Aug. 8, 1973 21 I'll 1 ' 1 ' Watergate Just Tip of Iceberg? Panel Will Probe Manipulation of U.S. Power End of Round One The Senate Watergate Committee closed the first phase of its hearings Tuesday, recessing until after Labor Day. Committee Chairman Sen. Sam Ervin, D-N. C, picks up his gavel as chief counsel Sam Dash totes away his briefcase. UNIFAX By MIKE FEINSILBER WASHINGTON (UP I) When the Senate Watergate Committee resumes hearings after Labor Day, it will pursue the suggestion that Watergate was only an incident in a far broader campaign using secret agents and secret funds and manipulating the government's resources to retain political power. The committee ended its first phase of hearings Tuesday and adjourned until September. Through 37 days of testimony from 39 witnesses, the committee concentrated on the break- in at Democratic National headquarters last summer and the effort after it went awry to conceal from public attention who planned it, approved it, learned of it and financed it. Just One Part? But always there was an undercurrent of testimony and documentation suggesting that Watergate was one piece in a larger pattern. Its purpose apparently was to keep informed on Lawrence F. O'Brien, an old Kennedy ally whose competence as Democratic national chairman, documents showed, drew the White House's concern. The evidence and testimony ' touched on but hurried past PAY YOUR 2 INSTALLMENT REAL ESTATE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX at THE BANK of GALESBURG Payments Can Be Made In Our Bank Lobby, Drive-Up and Walk-Up> Facilities or By Mail. "Th« Bank That Leads The Way" Bank of Galesburg MEMBER F.D.I.C. MAIN & KELLOGG PH. 343-4141 much more—the employment of at least one undercover spy who looked into the sex and drinking habits of political opponents; the attempt to sabotage the political fortunes of potential rivals; the instructions to make the IRS a political weapon; the "enemies list" and the suggestion that all administration actions, contracts, grants, penalties, inspections, audits and the like, be taken with an eye on their political fallout. "Dirty Tricks" Aspect That investigation is called the "dirty tricks" aspect of the committee's business. Also to come is an investigation into whether political favors were promised—or coercion used—in the effort which succeeded in raising $50 million for Nixon's re-election fund, the largest ever amassed. There have been suggestions, for example, that dairymen gave money through their political action committees in promise of an increase in milk price supports. American Airlines has admitted it gave money out of corporate funds, in violation of the law, and special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox has suggested other firms were also guilty. The recess which sent the senators home created an (empty stage which Nixon is expected to fill with a "white paper" responding to the testimony against him. It will be made public next week, officials said, cither in a news conference or a televised address and will be longer than the 4,000 • word statement of May 22 or the April 30 speech in which Nixon pledged there would be "no whitewash in the White House." In the April 30 speech, he said he had been misinformed about the acts of overzealous aides. In the May 22 paper, he said fears that a full FBI investigation would uncover secret CIA activities prompted him to order the scope of the FBI's activities limited. Testimony Contradictory The senators received much contradictory testimony. For mer presidential counsel John W. Dean III was Nixon's chief antagonist. He said the President revealed in conversations on Sept. 15, 1972 and March 21, 1973 that he was a coconspirator in the Watergate coverup. Advisers H. R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman were the President's foremost defenders. They said information about the , administration's involvement in the coverup was kept from them by Dean. Haldeman said he listened to the disputed conversations and found Dean had misinterpreted what was said to support his story. Both Cox and the committee went after the tape recordings which, since the spring of 1971, have taken down every word spoken in two of Nixon's offices and over four of his telephones. The White House has been adamant about refusing to release the tapes and has shaken off compromise proposals, such as private review by highly regarded outsider. Tuesday, White House lawyers barely surfaced during the testimony heard so far. These! include: —The employment of former New York policeman Atnhony Ulasewicz as a fulltime political spy. Hte testified only slightly about his activities, gathering information on the sex lives and drinking habits of both foes and friends. Within a few days of the incident in which a girl drowned in a car driven by J t J n. L -u. it. t .Sen. Edwaind M. Kennedv, D- cteclarad that neitherthe courts [M ulasewicz testified, he nor Congress cart force Nixonl WM in aiappaquiddlck> to release the tapes-even if. _ _ ttrtu , on ^ Mana a ^\XT•»«, as a newsman and asking the most emlbianrassing questions. —The attempts to sabotage the presidential primary campaign of Sen. Edmund S. Muskie, D-Maine, who, in the pressure to render j noils of the spring of 1972 led some sort of judgment while Nixon by a considerable mar- Watergaite hampers the Presi- gin. One aspect involved a dent's conduct, the committee smutty phony letter under the may in Setepmber issue an signature of Sen. Henry M. keeping them secret would undermine either the prosecution or the defense of future Watergate defendants. Committee Under Pressure Under pressure to render House "enemies list" of 200 or more names. —The "Mack advance" project of White House lawyer diaries W. Colson. This was a schematic program of disrupting the scheduled appearances and plans of political opponents. —The effort to manipulate public opinion by presenting Nixon as besieged by Communist-financed demonstrators. Former White House chief of staff Haldeman admitted in his testimony that he wrote "good" and "great" on the margin of a memo reporting there would be obscene and violent protest when Nixon attended i Chariot* te, N.C. rally honoring evangelist Billy Graham. —The attempt to revise the public image of Daniel ETls- berg, defendant in the Pentagon Papers Mai. 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