Editors' Note: An earlier version of this transcript was published as: Stanley Kutler, Abuse of Power, pp.14-15.
Bob Haldeman∇: --”I explored back with [Charles] Colson∇, the guy he mentioned, this former CIA∇ guy [Howard Hunt]. And I talked--”I raised him with [Richard] Allen. Allen doesn't know him, he doesn't think, but he's not sure, he [unclear] he might. And he said that kind of guy might be better, a guy with the CIA experience. The problem there would be he is known in the intelligence establishment and you'd send out some waves. I said, --œWhat the hell difference does that make? As soon as this guy gets started, he's going to send out waves no matter what.-- And he said, --œYeah, that's right.--
President Nixon: But we haven't . . . I would still put down for consideration the possible pattern here of really putting the damn job--”and I just wonder if we should put Colson in charge of it, and then putting in with him--”and put him in charge of a team. And, for example, [Tom Charles] Huston∇--”taking--”I realize Huston is no good unless it's something that he really believes in, but put him--”couldn't you bring him in to put him in [unclear] he did believe in, you know, and say, --œAll right, this is yours, Tom.--
Haldeman: He'd have to be in as a lone operator.
President Nixon: Yeah. Right.
Haldeman: You say, --œYou bore in and don't come up for air until you've produced so and so.--
President Nixon: And let him go out and just [unclear] you want to get both things. You've got to do the declassification thing, bore in on something. [Unclear] of course, you've got to do the conspiracy thing. [Unclear.]
Haldeman: In any event, Huston [unclear] ought to be ordered back, just--”