Mr. John Dean, the 34-year-old ousted White House Counsel who has accused President Nixon of?
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DASH: Mr. Dean, you say in your statement you told the President on that occasion, September the fifteenth with regard to the civil suit filed by the Democrat National Committee, that the lawyers for the committee for the re-election of the President had been making ex-party contacts with the Federal Judge handling the case, and the Judge was understanding and trying to be accommodating. Now, putting it bluntly Mr. Dean, were you not telling the President that you understood that the C.R.P. had a, Quote, Fix, Unquote, in with the Judge?
DEAN: I don't think, Mr. Barass I'd use the word 'fix'. I think that I was indicating to the President that the lawyers had some influence on the handling of the case, and that they could slow down the case, so there would not be an embarrassment before the election. When I think of the word 'fix', I think that means the outcome of the case is going to be influenced. I don't know that that was the fact, because I don't know the specifics and I don't believe that to be the case, rather it was a process whereby they might get some favourable rulings out of the Judge to slow down before the election.
DASH: You would soften the word to influence rather than fix?
DEAN: Yes, I would.
DASH: Alright, now according to your statement, did the President not say to you on being appraised of this special influence of the Judge 'well, that's helpful'?
DEAN: He said something to that effect. Yes, that's correct.
DASH: Therefore, Mr. Dean, whatever doubts you may have had prior to September the fifteenth about the President's involvement in the cover-up, did you have any doubts yourself about this after September fifteen?
DEAN: No, I did not.
DEAN: I do of course know, and as I have submitted in documents, other agencies were involved in seeking politically embarrassing information on individuals who were thought to be enemies of the White House. I might also add that in my possession is a rather... very much down the lines of what you are talking about, is a memorandum that was requested by me to prepare a means to attack the enemies of the White House. There was also maintained what was called an enemies list which was rather extensive and continually being updated.
DASH: I'm not going to ask who was on it. (Laughter)
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THE FOLLOWING IS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE TEXT OF THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN MR. DEAN AND MR. DASH.
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Background: Mr. John Dean, the 34-year-old ousted White House Counsel who has accused President Nixon of lying about the Watergate scandal, was questioned about his allegations on Tuesday (26 June) by Mr. Samuel Dash, the Chief Prosecuting counsel for the Democrats.
During the six-and-a-half-hour session of the Watergate hearing, Mr. Dean appeared slightly tense. His interrogation by the seven-member Senate committee and its lawyers was expected to take at least two days.
Mr. Dean drew gasps from the packed audience in the Senate Hearing room when he told the committee that the White House had kept a so-called 'enemies list' of its political opponents.