Egil Krogh

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Family and early life

College education


Law career

Nixon Administration official


Plumbers involvement

Return to legal practice



Law firms

Government positions

  • Drug policy adviser to the Nixon Administration
  • White House liaison to the FBI and BNDD
  • Head of the White House Plumbers (1971-????)
  • Undersecretary of Transportation (1973)


Plumbers activities

CIA involvement

Jeffrey Dean link

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Political connections

Nixon Administration

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Intelligence community

Powerful law firms

See also


  1. Egil Krogh and Matt Krogh, Integrity: Good People, Bad Choices, and Life Lessons from the White House, p.94-100 - Krogh's account of his time in Vietnam with Dr. Roy Prosterman
  2. PBS interview with Krogh about his drug enforcement efforts under Nixon
  3. Disbarment reversal decision by WA court

External links

CIA involvement

  • Roy Prosterman background
  • San Francisco Chronicle, "The Ellsberg Break-in Case", 1973/05/13 - says that Krogh reportedly got the CIA involved with the Plumbers: "Hunt, a 20-year CIA veteran who, along with Liddy and five others, was arrested in connection with the Watergate bugging, told the grand jury that he believed that cooperation with the CIA had been arranged by Egil Krogh."
  • Hiring of CIA agent Lucien Conein to DEA predecessor
  • In Ch.17 of Great Heroin Coup: Drugs, Intelligence & International Fascism by Henrik Kruger and Jerry Meldon, there is a mention of Krogh's role in the efforts by the CIA and Nixon Administration to eliminate the French Connection heroin trade in order to replace it with their own
  • Drug trafficking involvement
    • Charles Colson letter to Len Colodny on 1993/07/01, which says that Krogh paid off SE Asian drug lords for the CIA: "I am not a bit surprised by your note on Bud Krogh. I always wondered about his ties into the intelligence community and the work he did carrying large amounts of money over to Southeast Asia to pay off some of the drug lords. That had to be agency work."
    • On p.226 of Family of Secrets by Russ Baker, Colson is further cited as mentioning that both Krogh and E. Howard Hunt had the same CIA contact during Watergate: "Colon also wrote: "What I remember is that there was a CIA contact, that Krogh dealt with … The CIA liaison to the White House, by the way, also dealt with Hunt all through the Watergate period—one of the very suspicious and unexplored aspects of the CIA’s involvement.""
    • According to p.300 of Watergate: The Hidden History: Nixon, The Mafia, and The CIA by Lamar Waldron, John Dean mentioned Krogh carrying gold bullion in CIA planes to pay off Asian drug lords: "Dean also noted that "Krogh has described to me how, when he was bored with his desk work, he had carried bars of gold bullion through Asia's 'Golden Triangle' in CIA planes and bargained with drug chieftains.""
    • According to p.148 of Forty Years War by Len Colodny, Krogh bragged to John Ehrlichman that he had hand-carried gold for the CIA in Vietnam: "Krogh bragged to Ehrlichman that he had hand-carried gold for the CIA to Vietnam; Ehrlichman and Haldeman later came to believe that Krogh maintained ties to the Agency even during his time at the White House. Neither allegation was ever proven."
  • Smithsonian Magazine, "When Elvis Met Nixon", 2010/12: "[...] Elvis scribbled a letter to President Nixon. "Sir, I can and will be of any service that I can to help the country out," he wrote. All he wanted in return was a federal agent's badge. [...] Elvis left for the offices of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. He got a meeting with a deputy director, but not approval for a bureau badge. Meanwhile, his letter was delivered to Nixon aide Egil "Bud" Krogh, who happened to be an Elvis fan. Krogh loved the idea of a Nixon-Presley summit and persuaded his bosses, including White House Chief of Staff Bob Haldeman, to make it happen. [...] Krogh took notes: "Presley indicated that he thought the Beatles had been a real force for anti-American spirit. The President then indicated that those who use drugs are also those in the vanguard of anti-American protest." "I'm on your side," Elvis told Nixon, adding that he'd been studying the drug culture and Communist brainwashing. Then he asked the president for a badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. "Can we get him a badge?" Nixon asked Krogh. Krogh said he could, and Nixon ordered it done. [...] After Krogh took him to lunch at the White House mess, Elvis received his gift—the narc badge."
  • Cover-up of the plane crash involving Dorothy Hunt (wife of E. Howard Hunt)?
    • Seamus Coogan review of The Bonds of Secrecy by Saint John Hunt: "So much has been made of this crash. Hougan believes something suspicious could have happened. So did Carl Ogelsby. Jim DiEugenio believes it was likely a fluke. I have to say I do not know. I lean on the side of something dodgy myself. Charles Colson stated to Time in the 1974, article "Colson's Weird Scenario" that he felt the CIA and Hunt where behind it. Unsurprisingly, the official version via Time was that Colson was covering for Nixon and blaming the agency. A good debate as to whether or not Nixon felt like a scapegoat of the agency, is not present in this book. Although there was no sign of sabotage found, and the communications were recovered, there was some interesting maneuvering after the crash. White House aide Egil Krogh was made Undersecretary of Transportation. Alexander Butterfield, another White house aide, became the new chief of the FAA. Dwight Chapin, Nixon's appointments secretary became a top executive with United Airlines."