03847A_14214: Watergate: Final Reports of the Select Committee

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77a earlier---$75,000. Sloan testified that he told Magruder he would think about the request. (2 Hearings 548) But when Sloan met Magruder again, on the morning of July 6, he told Magruder that he would not perjure himself. Sloan said that Magruder dropped the subject and never again suggested seeing Titus. LaRue checked with Sloan later that day to see if he had agree on a figure with Magruder, but when Sloan informed LaRue what he told Magruder, Sloan testified that LaRue dropped the subject. (2 Hearings 549)

On July 6, Sloan testified that he met with Kenneth Parkinson and Paul O'Brien, the attorneys for the CRP, while they were debriefing Mrs. Judy Hoback, Sloan's bookkeeper, after she had testified before the Grand Jury. Odle was also present at the beginning of the meeting. Sloan testified that he asked everybody to leave the room, except the attorneys because he wanted to talk to the attorneys alone. (2 Hearings 549)

When Sloan was alone with the attorneys, he gave them a complete accounting of the cash disbursements and also informed them of Magruder's efforts to have Sloan tell a different story. Sloan testified that O'Brien and Parkinson were incensed and angry and said, "Well, we have been lied to by the people here. We have not even been able to see John Mitchell, and we are a month in this thing." (2 Hearings 550)

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Sloan said that the attorneys told them that, under these circumstances, with the new information they had available to them, they needed time to confront other campaign officials and suggested that, if Sloan had any legitimate business reason to leave town, he should. They said that since Mr. Stans was on a trip on the West Coast, that it would be well for Sloan to join him. Stans, during his testimony, recalled that Mardian suggested to him that Sloan join Stans in California. (2 Hearings 776) That evening, Sloan received a telephone call from LaRue in which LaRue impressed on him the urgency of his departure to California. LaRue suggested that he take a 6:00 a.m. flight out of Dulles Airport the following morning. Sloan followed instructions. (2 Hearings 550)

Sloan returned from California on July 12, 1972, and met with LaRue the next day. Sloan said that at this meeting, LaRue began reviewing the options that might be open to Sloan. He suggested that Sloan might have some campaign law problems and might think about taking the Fifth Amendment with regard to any testimony before the Grand Jury. Sloan told LaRue that he would not take the Fifth Amendment and that it appeared obvious to him that the only way for him to stay in the good graces of the campaign organization was for him to either commit perjury or take the Fifth Amendment. He said that he would do neither and believed that it would probably be in the interest of everybody if he were to resign. (2 Hearings 550-551)

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LaRue did not challenge Sloan's assessment of the situation and suggested that Sloan talk to Stans. Sloan called Stans that evening. Stans told Sloan not to talk on the telephone but to come to see him the following morning. When Sloan met Stans the next morning, Stans told him that he already informed the FBI that Sloan had resigned. Although Sloan had not yet resigned, he did so immediately. (2 Hearings 551-552) Stans confirmed the call took place, but stated in general Sloan talked only about his resignation. (2 Hearings 778)

On the same day, Sloan retained a lawyer, and on July 20, Sloan and his attorney met with Mr. Silbert, Mr. Glanzer, and Mr. Campbell of the United States Attorney's Office and gave them a complete statement, which included Sloan's account of Magruder's effort to have Sloan commit perjury. (2 Hearings 552)

Obstruction Of The Grand Jury Investigation

Mitchell resigned his position as Campaign Director on June 30, 1972, but the decision was made to retain Magruder as Deputy Director of the campaign. (5 Hearings 1885) It thus remained vitally important to prevent revelation of Magruder's involvement in the Watergate breakin. (2 Hearings 802; 3 Hearings 951)

Dean testified that sometime during the last ten days of June, he had a meeting in Haldeman's office, in which Haldeman and

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LaRue did not challenge Sloan's assessment of the situation and suggested that Sloan talk to Stans. Sloan called Stans that evening. Stans told Sloan not to talk on the telephone but to come see him the following morning. When Sloan met Stans the next morning, Stans told him that he had already informed the FBI that Sloan had resigned. Although Sloan had not yet resigned, he did so immediately. (2 Hearings 551-552) Stans confirmed the call took place, but stated in general Sloan talked only about his resignation. (2 Hearings 778)

On the same day, Sloan retained a lawyer, and on July 20, Sloan and his attorney met with Mr. Silbert, Mr. Glanzer, and Mr. Campbell of the United States Attorney's Office and gave them a complete statement, which included Sloan's account of Magruder's effort to have Sloan commit perjury. (2 Hearings 552)

Obstruction Of The Grand Jury Investigation

Mitchell resigned his position as Campaign Director on June 30, 1972, but the decision was made to retain Magruder as Deputy Director of the campaign. (5 Hearings 1885) It thus remained vitally important to prevent revelation of Magruder's involvement in the Watergate breakin. (2 Hearings 802; 3 Hearings 951)

Dean testified that sometime during the last ten days of June, he had a meeting in Haldeman's office, in which Haldeman and

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81 Ehrlichman asked Dean for his recommendation regarding removing Mitchell and Magruder from the Re-election Committee. Dean said that he told Haldeman and Ehrlichman that he thought there was a real chance that Magruder could be indicted and that Magruder should be removed from CRP in a graceful way so as not to jeopardize his position. (3 Hearings 951) Dean testified that he was, therefore, surprised when it was publicly announed that Mitchell was resigning but that Magruder would remain. He said that it was clear to him that Magruder was the only link back to the White House and that Magruder might not hold his tongue if indicted. Dean testified that be specifically warned Haldeman about this. (3 Hearings 951-952)

After Mitchell's resignation and the decision to keep Magruder on, Dean testified, Haldeman displayed a greatly increased interest in Magruder's problem. He testified that he kept Haldeman and Ehrlichman informed on the strategy that was being developed to make it appear that involvement in the Watergate breakin stopped at Liddy. During the FBI investigation of Magruder and, in advance of Magruder's appearance before the Grand Jury, Haldeman and Ehrlichman frequently asked Dean how Magruder was doing in relationship to these investigations. He said that he also received calls concerning Magruder's status from Larry Higby, Haldeman's staff assistant. (3 Hearings 952) Mitchell corroborates this. (4 Hearings 1624-1625), although Ehrlichman denies that he used Dean as a liason man to keep informed about Magruder. (7 Hearings 2845)

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