H.R. Haldeman: “We would be in a position to get all the facts “

“An investigation of the Kennedy assassination was a project I suggested when I first entered the White House [in 1969]. I had always been intrigued with the conflicting theories of the assassination. Now I felt we would be in a position to get all the facts. But Nixon turned me down.”

- H.R Haldeman, chief of staff to President Richard Nixon, from his book, The Ends of Power (p. 39).

13 comments

  1. John Kirsch says:

    I read somewhere that Haldeman later disowned, or tried to disown, this part of his book.

  2. I am also Twitter friends with Roger Stone who was very close to Nixon post Watergate as Nixon tried to rehabilitate himself.

    Nixon told the same thing to Roger Stone that he told to Sen. Howard Baker when asked what do you know about the JFK assassination: “You don’t want to know.”

    Here is my Twitter back and forth with Roger Stone:

    Roger Stone tweet to me on January 9, 2012 (at 1:19)

    “LBJ had it done. Mob, CIA, Hoover, all in on it. RFK knew. So did Nixon.”

    Then on 1/17, I sent Roger Stone a Tweet from Morrow321

    “Roger, did Richard Nixon directly tell u these things @ the JFK assassination? My number is 512-306-1510. And yours? Can we talk about JFK?”

    Roger Stone on 1/17/12 tweet to me:

    “RN was oblique on this subject. He would just snort and say “You don’t want to know” and once said Warren Comm Report was “bullshit”"

  3. Jonathan says:

    It’s hard for me to believe Nixon would have threatened Richard Helms during the Watergate mess (basically threatening to reveal the “whole Bay of Pigs” thing) if he knew Helms or the CIA as an organization had a hand in the JFK assassination. Nixon wasn’t a dummy.

    On the other hand, some researchers believe the CIA undermined Nixon while he was seeking the CIA’s help in calling off the FBI.

    At the time (1974), I drew a line connecting Nixon’s downfall to JFK’s. The whole official story of the break-in never made sense. How do professionals like Hunt and McCord get tripped up by an ordinary security guard?

    Hunt’s blackmail attempts made a lot of sense; he’d been hung out to dry, and he picked his softest target for extortion. The collateral “Watergate” stuff (the dirty tricks, the Ellsberg Doc. break-in, etc.) all made sense. The story of the break-in, however, never has made sense.

    Did Nixon know what happened to JFK? I don’t believe he was a party to the plot and at best had what he believed to be deep inside information.

    • Pat Speer says:

      Actually. the break-in made perfect sense. Howard Hughes had broken it off with Maheu. Maheu had delivered elicit cash to Nixon through Rebozo on behalf of Hughes. Maheu was now on the loose. Larry O’Brien, the head of the Democratic National Committee, had been working for Hughes as well. and had become close to Maheu. Maheu had long been close to Washington attorney Edward Bennett Williams as well.

      It was imperative, then, that Nixon find out if O’Brien knew about the money he’d taken from Hughes. So he had them bug O’Brien’s offices. Ta-da!

      • TLR says:

        The story that Larry O’Brien’s office was the target is disproved by the floorplans of the DNC printed in Silent Coup, which show that the office actually targeted was on the other side of the building.

        • mball says:

          O’Brian’s office was never bugged, at least not by these guys. The bug that was found there was well after the break in, and after an electronic sweep by both the cops and the phone company. Check Hougan’s SECRET AGENDA on that issue. Most interesting, what was really bugged.

      • Jim Hougan says:

        Pat’s statements of fact are correct, and very important – as is the fact that it was at this time that the CIA was making arrangements with the Hughes organization to mount what would become one of the largest CIA operations in history: Project Jennifer and the Glomar Explorer. But Pat is wrong when he concludes that Nixon “had them bug O’Brien’s offices.” There is no evidence that Nixon gave such an order, nor would he have: the DNC was a ceremonial institution and O’Brien had moved to Florida long before the break-ins occurred; his office was empty, and was so known to be. So, too, no bugging device was ever found in O’Brien’s office (or elsewhere in the DNC) – despite timely, repeated and targeted electronic and physical searches by the FBI and the telephone company. The only “device” found inside the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters, other than those that James McCord had with him at the time of the arrests – and which he had yet to install – was recovered in September, three months after the break-in and arrests. The FBI laboratory determined that this device – to which the Bureau was alerted by DNC official Spencer Oliver, Jr.’s secretary – was 1) broken and incapable of broadcasting and 2) a “toy,” unlike the sophisticated devices used by McCord. The Bureau concluded that the device had been “salted.” That is to say, it had been put in place in order that it might be found, so as to obviate questions about how McCord’s employee, Alfred Baldwin, could have intercepted telephone conversations in the absence of any bugging device inside the DNC. The FBI considers the placement of this device a separate incident from the Watergate affair, and the case remains open to this date.

        • Peter says:

          Mr. Hougan, there’s a discussion under the post “Garrison, Angleton and the CIA” (6.14.14) about Gordon Novel and his trustworthiness. Would be very interested in your thoughts.

  4. Robert Harper says:

    “At the time (1974), I drew a line connecting Nixon’s downfall to JFK’s. The whole official story of the break-in never made sense.”

    Jonathan-Sometimes now it hits me as obvious, but I never connected the dots until I read the short work by Professor Scott linking Dallas and Watergate. And how interesting – whatever Nixon wanted to Helms to think – most of the buglers at the Watergate just happened to be involved with the Bay of Pigs.What are the chances? I mean, a part of me always wants to say, DUH!.

    • Gerry Simone says:

      An old researcher (not retired and who wishes to remain anonymous) always told me that Watergate was the tip of the iceberg to the JFK Assassination.

      • Gerry Simone says:

        An old researcher (now retired and who wishes to remain anonymous) always told me that Watergate was the tip of the iceberg to the JFK Assassination.

  5. Shane McBryde says:

    Here’s an essay based on two of the posts that have been featured here on JFKFacts.Org All Due Credit Given: http://hub.me/agA1Z

  6. Ronnie Wayne says:

    I have to consider anything Nixon said about the JFK assassination or may have alluded to with the following in mind.
    He was the White House liaison with the CIA as veep when the Castro assassination plots and the plans for the BOP originated. He debated JFK in the first televised presidential debates ever, then lost the closest election in history at the time.
    Like GHWB he’s one of the few in the US who initially couldn’t remember where he was when he heard the news (a cab in DC or NYC).
    Yet he had just arrived back from dallas. Also like GHWB he had spent the previous night there, but he didn’t remember that either when first questioned about it (for the Pepsi bottlers convention, Bush spoke at a oil drilling equipment convention). Nixon or JFK rarely visited Texas period. Much less the same city the same day.
    Quite a coincidence. What a memory, left the city JFK was publicly executed in 3-4 hours before it happened, where he spent the night before, but can’t remember where he was when the man he ran against for President 3 years before was murdered.

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