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411-018b

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411-018a
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • H. R. Haldeman
  • White House operator
  • William E. Timmons
  • Carl B. Albert
  • Henry A. Kissinger
  • Stephen B. Bull
  • John W. Dean
February 22, 1973
Conversation No. 411-18

Date: February 22, 1973
Time: 2:35 pm - 4:04 pm
Location: Executive Office Building

The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman.

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[Begin segment reviewed under deed of gift]

Weather
-Washington, California

[End segment reviewed under deed of gift]

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White House social affairs
-Sammy Davis, Jr.
-Evening at the White House
-Astronauts
-Irving Berlin tribute
-Lawrence Welk
-1973 inauguration
-Les Brown
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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Conversation No. 411-18 (cont’d)


-Orchestra
-Ethel Merman
-Ray Bolger
-Stephen B. Bull
-William H. Carruthers
-Evening at the White House
-Church services
-Events for contributors
-Attendance by Administration staff

Watergate
-John W. Dean, III activities
-Charles W. Colson’s staff
-Internal Revenue Service [IRS]
-George D. Webster
-Howard H. Baker, Jr.
-Senate investigation
-Minority Counsel
-Fred D. Thompson
-William E. Timmons
-Baker
-Proposed action
-Meeting with the President
-Dean, John D. Ehrlichman
-Work with Dean, Wallace H. Johnson
-[Samuel Dash]
-Georgetown University
-Connection with Edward M. (“Ted”) Kennedy
-Dean
-Ehrlichman

The President talked with Carl B. Albert between 2:45 pm and 2:47 pm.

[Conversation No. 411-18A]

[See Conversation No. 43-219]

[End of telephone conversation]
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Watergate
-Baker
-White House staff contact
-Forthcoming meeting with President
-President's schedule

Haldeman talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 2:47 pm and 3:00
pm.

[Conversation No. 411-18B]

Requested Timmons be called

[End of telephone conversation]

Maurice H. Stans's hearing

Haldeman talked with Timmons at an unknown time between 2:47 pm and 3:00 pm.

[Conversation No. 411-18C]

President's meeting with Baker

[End of telephone conversation]

Stans's hearing
-Timing
-Compared to L[ouis] Patrick Gray, III

Watergate
-Jeb Stuart Magruder
-Dean
-White House position
-Bicentennial Commission
-Vulnerability
-Hugh W. Sloan, Jr.
-John N. Mitchell
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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-Perjury
-Patrick J. Buchanan
-Kenneth W. Clawson
-Ronald L. Ziegler
-White House spokesman during hearings
-Richard G. Kleindienst
-Mitchell
- Henry Peterson
-Length of stay as Attorney General [AG]
-Justice Department
-John B. Connally
-Meeting with President
-Dean
-Ehrlichman
-Baker
-Buchanan
-DeVan L. Shumway
-Richard A. Moore
-Ervin Committee
-Television [TV] coverage
-Viewer interest

Henry A. Kissinger entered at 3:00 pm.

Vice President Spiro T. Agnew
-Congressional leaders meeting
-Attendance
-Meeting with Kissinger
-Briefing

Laos
-North Vietnam’s action after cease-fire
-Seizure of town
-Souvanna Phouma
-Bombing
-US reaction
-Civilian population
-Cease-fire violation
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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-Plantation

Press relations
-Kissinger’s meeting with Joseph W. Alsop
-Vietnam settlement
-People’s Republic of China [PRC]
-[Unintelligible name]
-Meg Green field
-Column
-Liberals
-Aid
-Sources
-Telephone call by Alsop to Ziegler
-Book [?]
-Washington Post
-Reactions to President’s policies
-Soviet Union
-PRC [?]
-Vietnam settlement
-Soviet Union
-Meeting with Leonid I. Brezhnev

Agnew
-Congressional leaders meeting
-Hugh Scott, Michael J. (“Mike”) Mansfield
-Questions, anecdotes
-President’s experience as Vice President
-Trips
-Superficiality
-Kissinger’s telephone call
-Jerry Persons, Sherman Adams

US-PRC relations
-Eugene Ormandy announcement
-Ormandy’s press conference
-Scott
-Pittsburgh
-Leslie T. (“Bob”) Hope
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-Ice shoe

Agnew
-Briefing regarding Kissinger’s trip
-Compared to President’s vice presidency
-John Foster Dulles
-National Security Council [NSC] meeting
-Cabinet meeting

Air strikes
-Laos and Cambodia
-Order

Kissinger left at 3:15 pm.

Watergate [?]
-Kleindienst

The President talked with the White House operator at 3:16 pm.

[See Conversation No. 43-173]

[Conversation No. 411-18D]

[End of telephone conversation]

Watergate
-Ervin Committee Hearings
-Donald H. Segretti
-Investigation

The President talked with Bull between 3:16 pm and 3:17 pm.

[Conversation No. 411-18E]

[See Conversation No. 43-174]

[End of telephone conversation]
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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Conversation No. 411-18 (cont’d)



President's schedule
-EOB
-Ehrlichman
-Camp David
-George P. Shultz
-President’s dinner preference

Watergate
-Ervin Committee Hearings
-Duration
-Report date

President’s schedule
-Richard M. Helms
-Meeting
-Executive privilege statement
-Timing of release
-Press conference

Congressional relations
-Republican leaders
-George H. W. Bush
-Robert H. Michel
-Robert C. (“Bob”) Wilson
-Clarence J. (“Bud”) Brown

Politics
-Leftover campaign money
-States
-Bush's plan
-Congress
-New Majority initiative
-Staff expenses
-Districts
-Senate campaign committee
-Scott
-William E. Brock, III
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-Incumbents
-Governors

Personnel appointments
-Defense Department
-Congressional liaison
-Elliot L. Richardson
-John O. (“Jack”) Marsh, JR.
-Democratic “hawks”
-Timmons

Watergate
-Appearance of witnesses
-Executive privilege
-Dean
-Baker
-Minority counsel
-Dash
-Thompson
-Dean
-Wallace H. Johnson
-Mitchell

Haldeman talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 3:17 pm and 4:04
pm.

[Conversation No. 411-18F]

Call to Timmons

Haldeman talked with Timmons at an unknown time between 3:17 pm and 4:04 pm.

Thompson

[End of telephone conversation]

Timmons
-Webster
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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Conversation No. 411-18 (cont’d)


-Thompson
-Baker

Haldeman talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 3:17 pm and 4:04
pm.

[Conversation No. 411-18G]

Call to Dean

Haldeman talked with Dean at an unknown time between 3:17 pm and 4:04 pm.

Background paper on Watergate
-Timmons
-Baker

[End of telephone conversation]

Politics
-Bush
-Districts to receive Nixon campaign money
-Brock

Personnel appointments
-Robert H. Finch
-Patricia R. Hitt
-ACTION
-Future candidacy in California
-State Department position
-Presentation of President's foreign policy
accomplishments
-PRC announcement
-Ehrlichman
-Robert J. Hitt
-Anne Armstrong's position as Counselor to President
-Rose Mary Woods

Watergate
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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Conversation No. 411-18 (cont’d)


-Ervin Committee Hearing
-Timing
-Mitchell

Personnel appointments
-Richardson
-Congressional liaison
-“Hawks”

Agnew
-Invitation to event
-Conceit


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[Begin segment reviewed under deed of gift]

Connally
-Colson

[End segment reviewed under deed of gift]


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President's schedule
-Press conference

Public relations
-Speech by President
-Ehrlichman
-Atlantic City
-Philadelphia
-New York
-Convention hall
-Previous American Medical Association [AMA] experience
-Crowd
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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-Frank Farley
-School administrators
-Human resources
-Budget cuts
-Moore
-Educators’ group
-Michigan
-Ehrlichman as surrogate for President
-Caspar W. (“Cap”) Weinberger
-Helicopter
-Agnew’s attendance at reception
-Receiving line

Watergate
-Hearings
-Samuel J. Ervin, Jr.

Press relations
-Press conference

Personnel appointments
-Veterans Administration [VA]
-American Legion
-Veterans of Foreign Wars [VFW]
-Fred B. Rhodes
-Colson
-Raymond Gallagher
-Arthur F. Sampson
-[First name unknown] Stella
-Robert Lonigan
-Donald E. Johnson
-Ehrlichman
-Cutbacks
-Loyalty
-VFW
-Support for President’s policies
-Budget
-Vietnam War
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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Conversation No. 411-18 (cont’d)


-Ehrlichman
-VA
-Office of Management and Budget [OMB]
-Donald Johnson’s political future
-VFW
-Rhodes
-Colson

Agnew
-Briefing by Kissinger
-Ziegler
-Attendance at Congressional leaders briefings, breakfasts
-Compared to the President's experience as Dwight D. Eisenhower's Vice President
-Role of Vice President as President of Senate

Haldeman left at 4:04 pm.
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