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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Nixon's transcript conflicts with John Dean's Watergate account By DICK BARNES WASHINGTON lohn Dean's accounts of learly. two dozen with President about Watergate arc jonfirmed in some respects nit contradicted in others by rVhite House transcripts of the alks. In some the vagueness of comments by parties leaves the true neaning of remarks open to juestion. And for some other Dean as- there is no transcript o verify or challenge him. Dean's versions of meetings ire taken from his testimony lune to the Senate Watergate committee. The Vhite House transcripts were Tuesday. Here are comparisons of the lighlights by Sept. 1972 This meeting came hours ifter the original seven Watergate defendants had indicted. Dean said Vixon congratulated him on loing a good job the resident was pleased that the had stopped with Dean said he told Nixon 'that all that I had been able .0 do was to contain the case ind assist in keeping it out of .he White House. I also told lim that there was a long way o go before this matter would and that I certainly could nake no assurances that the lay would not come when this natter would start to SEE CRASH The transcript quotes Dean is think I can say hat 54 days from now nothing s going to come crashing lown to our He will be no continued investigation by the grand jury's Nixon expressed his con- gratulations this vay you have handled all this seems to me has been very putting your fingers in .he leaks that have sprung icre and sprung The transcript does not juote Dean as using the word a reference he in stating his opinion hat the president knew of the Dean also told of a liscussion about other plans use political muscle against variety of opponents. The ranscript contains a number such passages. FEB. 1973 Dean said at this meeting Vixen directed him to report lirectly to the president on all iVatergate matters. Dean said ic told Nixon he was not sure .he matter could be contained ndefinitely. There was no transcript submitted of this meeting. FEB. 28 Dean said that after a dis- cussion relating to the Senate Watergate he told Vixon I thought I had le- in that I had seen a conduit for many of the decisions that were made could be involved in m obstruction of He said Nixon ne not to that I had no legal problems.'.' The passage in the transcript at all resembling Dean's account is fleeting and the end of the meeting. Vixon observed that the Watergate committee would like to get somebody at the White House such as Halde- Colson or Ehrlichman. possibly said Dean. I am a small at the White House they said Nixon. in your case I think they realize you are the lawyer and they know you didn't have a thing to do with the MARCH 1 Dean's account of this meet- ing includes an incident about Nixon's book Six Crises. The White House did not submit a transcript of this but the book colloquy appears in the transcript of the Feb. 28 meeting. MARCH 10 Dean said meetings on the First three of these dates and a phone conversation on the Fourth concerned Senate roar- ings on acting FBI director Patrick Gray. Whe White House did not provide transcripts for these conversations. MARCH 13 Dean said after another dis- cussion on the Gray got into a discussion of Watergate matters told the president about the fact that there were money demands being made by the seven convicted and that the sentencing of these in- dividuals was not far off. told'the president about the fact that there was no money to pay these individuals to meet their demands. He asked me how much it would cost. I told him that I could only make an estimate that it might be as high as million or more. He told me that that was no and he also looked over at Haldeman and repeated the same Dean said Nixon expressed annoyance that Colson had mentioned executive clemency to the president. He said Nixon also asked how previous payments to Watergate defendants had been handled. This conversation does not appear in the March 13 and Dean has since indicated he now believes it took place March 21. On March Dean told Nixon in response'to a question that Gordon an aide to knew about Watergate. He About the Yes. he prob- ably told Bob He may not have. it is a personal loyalty to him. He doesn't want it any other way. He didn't have to be told. He didn't have to be asked. It just is something that he found was the way he wanted to handle the situation. .But he He knew about Stra- chan Yes. .1 will be Well that is the problem in Bob's case. MARCH 16 Dean said these meetings concerned preparation and postmortems on a Nixon news conference. The White House did not provide transcripts. MARCH 17 Dean called this a rambling conversation with brief refer- ehce to the Gray hearings. The transcript shows that Dean told Nixon about the plumbers' break-in to the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist. in the name of God was Ehrlichman having in the Ellsberg said Nixon. is the first I ever heard of he said. MARCH 19 Dean called this another rambling discussion about the Gray hearings. The White House offered no transcript. MARCH 20 Dean said he gave Nixon a draft of a letter concerning Dean's requested appearance before the Senate judiciary committee. The White House offered no transcript. MARCH Dean said he told Nixon wanted to talk with him as soon as possible about the Watergate matter because I did not think that he fully realized all the facts and the implications of those facts for people at the White House as well as An appointment was set. The transcript essentially confirms this quoting Dean as saying he wanted to meet Nixon examine the broadest implications of this whole you maybe about 30 minutes of just my recitation to you of facts so that you .operate from the same facts that everybody else MARCH 21 Dean said this was the day of his on the speech to Nixon in which he described details of the cover-up. At a second session that day SMART EXECUTIVES Lttti TMr iri Pmoml ftrs Letting ctn be lets expensive than buying LMtlng It time swing and convenient LMtlng yew tax records No cath Investment required For MM MDMtote fMM On contact BORIS LcMIng Mid BENY CHEVROLET OLDSMOBILE LIASINO AND IN8UMANGI DIVISION he said he told Nixon he thought Ehrlichman and Dean were indictable for obstruction of justice. was quite clear that the cover-up as far as the White House was concerned was going to Dean told the Senate committee. The transcript confirms that Dean told Nixon about the entire break-in evolyement and and at this time used the word to describe his post-break-in strategy. The conversation shifted after Dean's initial account of the problem of money for the defendants. This clearly is the account Dean said took place March 13. Nixon time and again asks questions that indicate he is interested in a plan to keep the defendants quiet. The president has said previously that his statement in this passage could be misconstrued. DEAN FINDS BLANKS But also in the Dean car just tell President's Watergate book sells for WASHINGTON Starting the public will be able to purchase a copy of the edited transcripts of President Nixon's Watergate tape recordings for 112.25. The the size of a big-city telephone is entitled Submission of Recorded Presidential Conversations to the Committee on the Judicia-y of the House of Rep- resentatives. Copies may be obtained from the Superintendent of Docu- Government Printing D.C. 20402. from our conversation that these are things that you have no knowledge certainly replied Nixon. After saying at one isn't that the best way to do Nixon later says would seem to me that would be to pay the million dollars in hush money. Nixon followed by saying clemency would not be possible until at least after the 1974 election. point is that even then you couldn't do he continued. right. It may further involve you in a way you should not be involved in is wrong that's for Nixon would just say to these fel- lows I am sorry it is all off and let them The meeting ended without any firm decision on but with Nixon advocating the calling of a new grand jury to investigate Watergate in secret in preference to the open Senate probe. A second meeting that day concluded with Nixon the hell does one dis- close that isn't going to blow MARCH 22 Dean said this meeting with Haldeman and Mitchell not accomplish anything. Rather it was a further indication that there would be no effort to stop the cover-up from He said the meeting mostly concerned how the White House should posture itself in the Ervin hearings. At this Nixon told Dean to go to Camp David and write a report on the entire according to the transcript. Dean told the Senate committee that Nixon asked him on the 23rd to and did not specify that he wanted a written report. 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