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  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Charles W. Colson
June 10, 1973
Conversation No. 40-3

Date: June 10, 1973
Time: 11:05 pm - 11:35 pm
Location: White House Telephone

The President talked with Charles W. Colson.

President’s schedule

-Florida

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. March-2011)

Conversation No. 40-3 (cont’d)

-Economics

-Vietnam negotiations

-Paris

-Leonid I. Brezhnev


Press relations
-Television [TV]
-Print
-Soviet summit
-Economic controls

President’s visit to Florida
-[Florida Technical] University
-Melvin R. Laird and Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
-Roles on White House staff

-Significance

-President’s influence

-Laird’s return to the White House staff


Watergate
-New York Times
-Colson’s interviews
-Dan Rather

-[First name unknown] Sargent

-Garrick Utley

-Howard K. Smith

-President’s knowledge

-Colson’s anger

-Samuel J. Ervin, Jr. Committee hearings

-Possible appearance by Colson

-President’s attention

-Maurice H. Stans

-Jeb Stuart Magruder

-John W. Dean, III

-Colson

-Dean

-Transactional immunity

-Use immunity

-Fifth Amendment

-Effect
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. March-2011)

Conversation No. 40-3 (cont’d)

-Use immunity
-Consequences
-Dean
-Attack on Charles R. Richey
-Reason

-Picture in New York Times, June 10

-Antagonists

-Colson

-Dean

-John D. Ehrlichman

-New York Times stories
-Missing files

-Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.

-H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman

-Colson’s interview

-Possible warning to President concerning John N. Mitchell

-President’s knowledge

-Mitchell and senior aides
-President’s views concerning campaign committee
-Radio and TV coverage
-Mitchell

-Dean

-Colson
-Interviews
-Knowledge
-President’s knowledge
-Colson
-Interviews

-Conversations with President

-President’s desire for full disclosure

-Ervin Committee hearings

-Possible appearance

-Interviews with staff

-Subpoena of files

-White House files

-Brookings Institution

-Colson’s place on witness list

-Reason
-Ervin Committee
-Targets
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. March-2011)

Conversation No. 40-3 (cont’d)

-President, Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell

-Haldeman, Mitchell

-Mitchell

-Possible testimony

-Privilege or immunity

-Mitchell

-Magruder’s possible testimony

-Dean

-Possible transactional immunity from Archibald Cox
-Use immunity
-Dean
-Statements
-Approach
-International Telephone and Telegraph [ITT]

-Brookings Institution

-Daniel Ellsberg case

-Reasons

-Possible deal with prosecutors
-Ervin Committee hearings
-Cox’s views on television
-Possible effect on trials
-Mitchell, Ehrlichman, Haldeman, Dean
-Colson
-National Broadcasting Company [NBC] interview
-President’s involvement
-Dean
-Attorneys’ statements

-Memoranda

-Tapes

-Haldeman and Ehrlichman
-Possession of documents
-Leaks
-Ervin Committee
-Colson’s interview with staff

-Effects

-Samuel Dash

-Staff’s reaction

-Prospects
-Henry M. (“Scoop”) Jackson’s statement, June 10
-Forthcoming Brezhnev Summit
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. March-2011)

Conversation No. 40-3 (cont’d)

-Possible Ervin Committee testimony of Mitchell, Haldeman, and
Ehrlichman
-New York Times
-Reaction of Colson’s friends in Middleburg
-Haldeman, Ehrlichman and Mitchell appearances before Ervin Committee
-Brezhnev
-White House response
-National economy
-Brezhnev
-Energy
-Gasoline shortage

-Economy

-Foreign affairs

-Effect on Watergate

-President’s role

-Colson’s role

-Haldeman’s role

-Ehrlichman’s role

-Colson’s conversations
-Robert J. Dole
-Colson’s mail
-Smith, American Broadcasting Company [ABC]
-Dole’s mail
-Watergate

-June 10 “Meet the Press” appearance

-Congressional attitude

-Attacks on President
-TV networks, New York Times, Washington Post
-Hugh Scott’s statement
-Jackson
-Foreign policy views
-Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR] and Jewish policy
-Statement concerning Brezhnev, June 10

-Effect

-J. William Fulbright

-White House response
-Popular opinion
-Dole
-Statements
-Scott
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. March-2011)

Conversation No. 40-3 (cont’d)

-Statement
-Dean
-Allegations concerning President
-Role in White House
-Conversations concerning the President
-Time

-Content

-Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Colson, Mitchell

-Credibility

-Washington Post, New York Times, TV networks

-Image

-White House portrayal

-Desire for immunity
-Fifth Amendment
-Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Colson, Mitchell
-Colson
-Smith interview
-Calls from press
-Reason

-New York Times story coverage

-TV networks

-Invitation from “Face the Nation”

-Withdrawal

-New York Times story, June 10

-Effect on President, Mitchell

-Chris Leyden [sp?]

-Popular opinion
-Newspapers
-Mail
-Colson’s conversation with Albert E. Sindlinger
-Poll results
-Jackson’s statement
-White House response
-Colson’s actions
-Jackson’s statement
-President’s handling
-Ervin, Colson, Dean, Dash, Cox
-President’s position
-Dean
-Actions
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. March-2011)

Conversation No. 40-3 (cont’d)

-Compared to James W. McCord, Jr.

-Possible immunity

-Image

-New York Times image, June 10

-Role in White House

-Knowledge
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