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Bruce Kehrli, having been duly sworn, hereby
deposes and says:
In June, 1972 I had the title of Special
Assistant to the President, and my position was that of
As of June 19, 1972, the personnel records
under my control at the White House indicated that Howard
Hunt was a consultant to the White House on Mr. Colson's
At midday on June 19, 1972, Mr. Colson advised me
that he believed that Mr. Hunt had been terminated and
that my records were incorrect.
In checking my files
on June 19, 1972, I did not locate anything indicating
that Howard Hunt had been terminated.
A copy of days
later I received from Mr. Colson's office a copy of a
memo dated March 30, 1972 from W. Richard Howard of
The second word in the last sentence on this page should be "couple" rather than "copy.
Mr. Colson's staff relating to Howard Hunt.
March 30, 1972 memorandum related to an annuity problem
arising out of Howard Hunt's employment with the CIA
and the dropping of Mr. Hunt as a consultant.
searching my chronological file, one of my secretaries
informed me that she had discovered the original of the
March 30, 1972 memo from Mr. Howard attached to a copy
of a memo from me to Mr. Howard dated April 6, 1972
(a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit "A")
relating to Howard Hunt's annuity problem
After talking with Mr. Colson, and based on
the March 30, 1972 memorandum and on Mr. Colson's
statements that he believed Mr. Hunt had ceased employment
at the White House at the end of March, 1972, it was
decided that the records should reflect that Mr. Hunt
was terminated as a consultant as of April 1, 1972.
I then circled the phrase "totally drop him as a consultant
so that 1701 can pick him up and use him". and wrote on
the bottom on my copy of the March 30, 1972 memorandum
from W. Richard Howard "O.K.
Drop as of April 1, 1972
This circling and notation was made by me late
in the week beginning June 19, 1972 or early in
the week beginning June 26, 1972.
(A copy of the
March 30, 1972 memorandum with the notation and circling
which I added after June 19, 1972 is attached hereto
as Exhibit "B".)
At the White House we kept a book listing all
the White House staff, including consultants.
were three copies of this book.
I had a copy, Mr. Butterfield
had a copy, and Mr. Haldeman had a copy.
that Mr. Butterfield has stated that on or about June 18,
1972, I told him that Mr. Haldeman had told me not to
include Mr. Hunt in Mr. Butterfield's book under the
listing of White House consultants because Mr. Hunt was
engaged in classified or 'sneaky pete' work.
recall such a conversation with Mr. Butterfield.
I recall that on Sunday, June 18, 1972, I received a
call at home from Mr. Butterfield in which he asked me
if there was a Howard Hunt on the White House payroll.
I advised Mr. Butterfield that I would have to check and
would let him know.
On Monday, June 19, 1972, I checked
the records and found that Howard Hunt was listed as a
I am not sure whether I advised Mr. Butterfield
of this fact.
During the week of June 26, 1972 or later, I
learned that Howard Hunt's name was still in the White