Delaying the indictments

Tuesday, August 1, 1972 - 10:33am - 11:50am
Richard Nixon, Bob Haldeman
Oval Office

Extracted from Conversation 758-011

President Nixon: Oh, you mean, that’s [unclear], that sort of thing? Yeah. And [unclear].

H.R. “Bob” Haldeman: Yeah. Then hang onto that for a while then let them all go.


President Nixon: You say no cooperation from the Justice Department? I understand the FBI.

Haldeman: Well—

President Nixon: I, well, I—

Haldeman: It’s been very hard, it’s—

President Nixon: It’s hard. 

Haldeman: [Henry] Petersen has been reasonably good.

President Nixon:

Within--in fact, pretty, I guess, darn good.

President Nixon: [Unclear.]

Haldeman: The problem has been [Richard] Kleindienst, who has just, you know, just totally washed his hands. Now he’s come back in. [John] Ehrlichman hauled him in yesterday and said, you know, “This has gotten ridiculous. [Unclear.] Now is--you’ve got everything you need, now for Christ’s sake turn it off.  Bring your indictments.”  Kleindienst seemed to see the light. [Unclear.]

President Nixon: They don’t think this delaying—there’s no way to delay the indictments until after the election, is there?1

Haldeman: No.

President Nixon:
No way to speed it up?

Yes. It could be speeded up, but then it would hit right about the Republican Convention time.2 It possibly could be speeded up, not certainly. But it would [unclear] which you were really be better off to have them after.

  • 1. The election was scheduled for 7 November 1972.
  • 2. The Republican National Convention was scheduled for 21-23 August 1972 in Miami.

Original tape courtesy of the Nixon Library. This transcript is a working draft. Please let us know if you find important errors.