TRANSCRIPT OF A RECORDING OF A
MEETING BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT
AND H.R. HALDEMAN IN THE OVAL
OFFICE ON JUNE 23, 1972 FROM
10:04 TO 11:39 AM
June 23, 1972 FROM 10:04 TO 11:39 AM 3
HALDEMAN: okay -that's fine. Now, on the investigation,
you know, the Democratic break-in
thing, we're back to the-in the, the problem
area because the FBI is not under control,
because Gray doesn't exactly know how to
control them, and they have, their
investigation is now leading into some
productive areas, because they've been able
to trace the money, not through the money
itself, but through the bank, you know,
sources - the banker himself. And, and it
goes in some directions we don't want it to
go. Ah, also there have been some things,
like an informant came in off the street to
the FBI in Miami, who was a photographer or
has a friend who is a photographer who
developed some films through this guy,
Barker, and the films had pictures of
Democratic National Committee letter head
documents and things. So I guess, so it's
things like that that are gonna, that are
filtering in. Mitchell came up with
yesterday, and John Dean analyzed very
carefully last night and concludes, concurs
now with Mitchell's recommendation that the
only way to solve this, and we're set up
beautifully to do it, ah, in that and
that...the only network that paid any
attention to it last night was NBC...they
did a massive story on the Cuban...
PRESIDENT: That's right.
HALDEMAN: That the way to handle this now is for us to
have Walters call Pat Gray and just say,
"Stay the hell out of this...this is ah,
business here we don't want you to go any
further on it." That's not an unusual
PRESIDENT: Um huh.
JUNE 23, 1972 FROM 10:04 TO 11:39 AM 4
HALDEMAN: ...and, uh, that would take care of it.
PRESIDENT: What about Pat Gray, ah, you mean he doesn't
HALDEMAN: Pat does want to. He doesn't know how to,
and he doesn't have, he doesn't have any
basis for doing it. Given this, he will
then have the basis. He'll call Mark Felt
in, and the two of them ...and Mark Felt
wants to cooperate because...
HALDEMAN: he's ambitious...
HALDEMAN: Ah, he'll call him in and say, "We've got
the signal from across the river to, to put
the hold on this." And that will fit rather
well because the FBI agents who are working
the case, at this point, feel that's what it
is. This is CIA.
PRESIDENT: But they've traced the money to 'em.
HALDEMAN: Well they have, they've traced to a name,
but they haven't gotten to the guy yet.
United States v. Mitchell, et al., Trial Brief on Behalf of the Office of the Special Prosecutor, People's Exhibit No. 1., at 3-4.