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Watergate Hearings: Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities June 28, 1973. Testimony of John Dean.

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Senator Sam Ervin (D North Carolina). The committee will come to order. Under our usual routine, it would be the time for Senator Baker to interrogate the witness. However, he has kindly agreed to allow me, to do so on account of certain obligations I have. Mr. Dean, there are one or two exhibits I want to ask you about and one of them is exhibit No. 34-5 which is a Shearson and Hamill Co. statement. Do you have a copy of that there? John Dean. I do not, no sir. Senator Sam Ervin (D North Carolina). Can someone supply him with a copy of that? And another is our exhibit No. 2 of what I call the Dean papers that is the papers that were turned over to this committee at the order of Judge Sirica. Do you have a copy of that? John Dean. I do not. Senator Sam Ervin (D North Carolina). And another is our exhibit No. 3 of the Dean papers, a memorandum for Mr. Huston from Mr. Haldeman. I would like for you to have a copy of those three documents before I begin. John Dean. I have some of the documents that were turned over to me yesterday for identification relating to Judge Sirica. I don't know what you are referring to with regard to the Shearson and Hamill statement.

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Senator Sam Ervin (D North Carolina). When did you transfer from the Justice Department to the White House? John Dean. July Of 1970. Senator Sam Ervin (D North Carolina). And when did Mr. Tom Huston transfer from the Justice Department to the White House? John Dean. I don't believe he was at the Justice Department to the best of my knowledge. Senator Sam Ervin (D North Carolina). Was he at the White House when you arrived there? John Dean. Yes.

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Senator Sam Ervin (D North Carolina). Do you know anything about meeting having been held in the office of the President on or about the 5th of June 1970, at which the President and Huston and others discussed laying a plan for gathering domestic intelligence? John Dean. I have hearsay knowledge of that, Mr. Chairman that such a meeting did occur. Present at the meeting, Mr. Huston was there, various representatives of the intelligence agencies and the President at that point in time stated to those present that Mr. Huston would be in charge of the project for the White House. Senator Sam Ervin (D North Carolina). Now, you were informed in substance that the President assigned to Tom Charles Huston White House staff responsibility for domestic intelligence and internal security affairs? John Dean. That is correct.

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Senator Sam Ervin (D North Carolina). Now, as a result of this meeting there was a review by the heads of the CIA, the FBI, the NSA, and the DIA of the techniques used by these intelligence gathering organizations to gather information or intelligence both domestic and foreign, was there not? John Dean. That was my general understanding on hearsay again. Senator Sam Ervin (D North Carolina). Yes. And that review is embodied in one of the papers that you identified yesterday which I call No. 1 of the Dean papers that was not introduced in evidence? John Dean. I don't identify them as the Dean papers. They happened to fall in my possession. I wasn t the author but of course I did turn them over to the court.