President Nixon: The IRS thing is important but, God, we ought to be able to get some loyal son of a bitch.
H.R. "Bob" Haldeman∇: I think we can.
John Ehrlichman∇: We will, we will.
President Nixon: There ought to be some guy that will do our bidding. That’s what we want, isn’t it? I don’t want that to drop between the stools. I don’t want another Johnnie Walters. We’ll get some—OK. [Unclear] a guy on your own staff. How about [Egil "Bud"] Krogh? Is he a tax lawyer?
Ehrlichman: No, that’s the sad part.
President Nixon: He’s a hell of a property, a hell of a property.
Ehrlichman: I’d kind of like to hang onto him.
President Nixon: I know, but don’t—don’t do that. I understand, but if you’ve got a good man . . .
Ehrlichman: Well, I’ve got a guy that would pass as a tax lawyer in the White House—
President Nixon: But he’s not.
Ehrlichman: —but really not with a sufficient stature—
President Nixon: The tax business is a—
Ehrlichman: It’s a closed corporation.
President Nixon: How about the Dean of the Duke [University] Law School? Would he take it? Having in mind the fact that he—
President Nixon: —having in mind the fact that he would go up to the Court maybe?
Ehrlichman: Is tax his field? I guess it is, isn’t it?
President Nixon: He won’t go to the Court this term though. I don’t that it is, but [unclear]—
Ehrlichman: Probably. We’ve got to have a guy that is politically responsive.
President Nixon: Yeah, I know.
Ehrlichman: And, really, somebody like Lyn Nofziger is [chuckling] what we need.
President Nixon: I know, I know.