John Dean continues to keep everyone in the dark: with the president and his top aides in California still, Dean calls and tells them he's to meet with the prosecutors the next day. Here's Haldeman's notes:
Dean called later today, said his lawyers had met with U.S. Attorneys again, that they only want to get the facts on the Watergate and that they do not expect to go beyond that. Dean believes this, says that Liddy has told them everything he knows, they don't believe Hunt and are going to push him harder, they want to meet with Dean tomorrow off the record with no action, to discuss the problems of how he would testify [...] He says the grand jury's scope is not broad in what they're trying to cover, and they want what happened pre-Watergate. They're not interested in post-Watergate, which they think is a can of worms. They want Dean because of his knowledge, want to get those points laid out so that they can move on their investigation of others to nail someone on the pre-Watergate planning.
Was there anything they could have done at this point to save themselves? Or at least, if not all of them, the presidency? Perhaps not -- but they certainly failed completely to see what they were walking into.