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    President Nixon's former top aide, Mr. H.R. (Bob) Haldeman, concluded his testimony before the Senate?

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    SCU Lowell Weicker

    CU Haldeman answering.

    CU Senator Weicker

    SENATOR LOWELL WEICKER: "Memorandum for John Dean from H.R. Haldeman: We need to get our people to put out the story on the foreign or communist money that was used in support of demonstration against the President in 1972. We should tie all 1972 demonstrations to McGovern (Democratic Candidate George McGovern) and thus to the Democrats as part of the peace movement.

    "The investigation should be brought to include the peace movement which leads directly to McGovern and Teddy Kennedy. This is a good counter offensive to be developed."

    "In this connection we need to itemise all the disruptions such as the Century Plaza, San Francisco, Status of Liberty, and so on. You should definitely order Gray (former Acting FBI Director Patrick Gray) to go ahead no the FBI investigation against those who tapped Nixon and Agnew (Vice President Spiro Agnew) in 1968. We need to develop a plan on to what extend the Democrats were responsible for the demonstrations that led to violence and disruptions."

    "All right, let me ask you: what are you trying the Democratic Party to?"

    MR. H.R. HALDEMAN: " ... try to link Mr. McGovern, or the McGovern campaign, to -- and the Democrats -- to the demonstrations and to the point that I understood that there was backing on,or information on, that there was foreign or communist money used in support of demonstrations. If, in fact, those were the facts, it was my opinion they should be known."

    SENATOR LOWELL WEICKER: "You mean to tell me, that as the man closest to the President of the United States, you issued a directive linking the Democratic Party and the Democratic Candidate to communist money, to demonstrations, because you thought that was the case; that you were willing to do that as the man closest to the President of the United States, willing to throw that party and that name around in that fashion."

    MR. H.R. HALDEMAN: "Only if it is the case, Senator, and only..."

    SENATOR LOWELL WEICKER: "Wasn't it your job before issuing a memorandum in that fashion that it either is or is not the case. Isn't that what this country is about?"

    MR. H.R. HALDEMAN: "That's why the memorandum was directed to the Council to the President, who had the facts, as I understood it, on this case."

    SENATOR LOWELL WEICKER: "We need to get our people to put out the story.' I think it's disgrace. And I think quite frankly that the tactics -- this is February 1973 -- I don't think there's ben any change in tactics from the election campaign of '72, as to when you sit before this Committee right now, Mr. Haldeman."

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    Background: President Nixon's former top aide, Mr. H.R. (Bob) Haldeman, concluded his testimony before the Senate Committee investigating the Watergate Break-in on Tuesday (August 1st) after three days, unshaken in his support of the President. Mr. Haldeman was subjected to some of the most intensive grilling of the hearings by the Senators, particularly after revealing that he had been permitted to hear tapes that the White House had refused to make available to the Committee.

    In an exchange near the conclusion of his testimony, Mr. Heldeman was questioned by Senator Lowell Weicker about a memo directing that the Democratic Party be linked to extremists and communists.

    SYNOPSIS: The most important figure to testify before the Senate Committee investigating the Watergate Break-in, Mr. H.R. Haldeman, former top side to President Nixon, concluded his testimony on Tuesday, unshaken in his support of the President, having undergone the most intensive grilling so far in the hearings. Mr.haldeman's three days before the Committee were peppered with shocks. One was that he had been permitted to hear tape recordings denied to the Committee. On Tuesday, he was forced to acknowledge that "Watergate tactics" had been considered against the Senate Committee itself. But it was in regard to a memo for which Mr. Haldeman accepted responsibility, although it was not written by him, that he received some of the harshest criticism from Republican Senator Lowell Weicker:

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