Someone Would Have Talked
by Larry Hancock

Someone Would Have Talked: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Conspiracy to Mislead History by Larry Hancock

Chapter 16

It seems very likely that the FBI was bugging and monitoring Baker's business partners not only because of their connection to Baker and potentially to Johnson, since Hoover always liked to keep his options open, but also because Baker's business partners were linked to two of the biggest names in the syndicate world—Lansky and Dalitz.

Baker may or may not have known the implications. Hoover certainly would have, and certainly the associates of the gambling figures would have been aware of the potential impact of any associations with Baker or LBJ. However, what Black certainly did know and what he very likely told John Roselli was that Black, Baker, and a senior executive from North American Aviation had visited with the Vice-President in his office in the Executive Office Building. Not a long visit, only 15 minutes or so, but long enough to leave an entry in the official visitors log; long enough to produce concrete evidence that Johnson and the Vice President's office were part of Baker's influence peddling. This visit was recorded in the Vice President's daily log for August 21, 1963, while Baker's firm was consolidating its control over the lucrative vending machine business for North American and is provided in Appendix A.

There is no doubt that Johnson's association with Baker and his business partners could have exposed LBJ to blackmail. The only questions are whether or not this was communicated to Johnson himself, and whether the approach may have been directly from Roselli. However, as with the Oswald damage control, actions and timing can provide further insight. Johnson's reaction to the Baker scandal becomes visible in the Vice-President's official diary for the months of October and November of 1963. These diaries were maintained by Johnson's secretaries and are immensely detailed, recording virtually all of the Vice-President's activities, often including the time he went to bed and his recreational activities. They are available through the Johnson Library.
The legal proceedings and Congressional investigations of Baker began in September of 1963, and by October the pressure was such that Baker was forced to resign his position with the Democratic National Committee.