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Some important leads have surfaced in the press which
indicate that Robert Mardian, while Assistant Attorney General in
charge of Internal Security for the Department of Justice and
later a key political coordinator in the Nixon re-election campaign,
directed the activities of Liddy and Hunt while they worked in
the White House. The Washington Post story dated December 8, 1972,
reported that on at least two occasions he attended a meeting with
Hunt and others during the period that Government leaks to the
new media were being investigated. A Washington Post story dated
February 14, 1973, identified Egil Krough, former White House aide,
as the man who was in overall charge of the Liddy-Hunt group in the
White House. This group was nicknamed the "plumbers."

The New York Times of October 3, 1972, reported that
Mardian obtained confidential information from the Justice Department
for particular use in the Nixon campaign after leaving the Govern-
ment to work for the Committee for the Re-election of the President.
(It was in May of 1972 that Mardian left the Justice Department to
work for the Nixon re-election committee.) The Times also asserted
on at least one occasion Mardian sent Liddy and Hunt to pick up
information from the Internal Security Division of the Department
of Justice, of which Mardian had only recently been head. The Times
stated that Hunt and Liddy would go to Mardian when they needed
information from the Justice Department or wanted an agency of the
department to investigate a particular matter. According to the
same story, when Liddy moved from the White House to the President's
re-election committee in December 1971, he continued to call
Mardian for information.

The Washington Post story dated December 20, 1972, alleged
that Mardian and Frederick LaRue, another former White House
counsel and Special Assistant to John Mitchell, who was the campaign
chairman for the Nixon re-election committee, directed a mass
"house-cleaning" after the Watergate break-in in which financial
records were destroyed. According to the press, the destroyed
records included memoranda describing wiretapped telephone conver-
sations of Democratic Party officials at the Watergate. The
memoranda allegedly each began with the phrase "Confidential
informant says." Other records destroyed reportedly included a
list showing the three top Nixon campaign officials who withdrew
about $300,000 from a secret fund earmarked for sensitive political
projects. Also destroyed, according to the news story, were seven
ledger books listing campaign contributors and the amount they gave
before April 7, 1972, the effective date of the new law requiring
full disclosure. The story went on to say that among those who
participated in the destruction of committee records was Robert
Odle, personnel director of the Nixon re-election committee. Odle

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