Nightly News   |  July 16, 2013

40 years ago, Butterfield admitted: ‘I was aware’

Four decades ago, former White House aide Alexander Butterfield told the Senate Watergate Committee that he knew about Richard Nixon’s taping system. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> it was during the watergate hearings , and it happened 40 years ago today. alexander butterfield had made up his mind previous to that, if he was asked a specific question, he was going to answer it honestly, then he was asked, and he answered, and it changed everything.

>> mr. butterfield, are you aware of the installation of any listening devices in the oval office of the president?

>> i was aware of listening devices, yes, sir.

>> took him a moment, but it was an honest answer. his admission changed the course of the watergate scandal and accelerated nixon's departure. butterfield was uninvolved and went on to director of the faa in the ford white house .

>>> we know what happens when two presidents get together. they