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: There's a cancer in the presidency and it's growing.
: Can I ask you a question? How the hell do you have the temerity to blackmail the President of the United States? E. Howard Hunt
: That's not the question, John. The question is: why is he paying?
: This is the sort of thing that Mafia people can do, washing money and so forth. We just don't know about these things because we're not criminals.
[Nixon awkwardly puts his arm around John Dean, his legal counsel
] Richard M. Nixon
: John, I want you to get away from this madhouse, these reporters, and go up to Camp David for the weekend. And I want you to write up a report. I want you to put everything you know about Watergate in there. John Dean
: You want me to put it all in writing. Over my signature. Richard M. Nixon
: Well, nobody knows more about this thing than you do, John. The details, that stuff, I don't know about.
] John Dean
: Sir, I'm not going to be the scapegoat for this. Haldeman and Ehrlichman are in just as deep as me.
: Are you the President's dog trainer? John Dean
: I'm John Dean, Chief White House Counsel. Betsy Jobs
: Oh. That's too bad.