Secret White House Tapes

439–11

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439–11
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Alexander M. Haig
May 21, 1973
Conversation No. 439-11

Date: May 21, 1973
Time: 12:40 pm - 1:10 pm
Location: Old Executive Office Building

President met with Alexander M. Haig, Jr.

Watergate
-White House response
-Forthcoming White Paper [statements about Watergate investigation,
May 22, 1973]
-President’s meeting with unknown man
-Criteria
-John D. Ehrlichman
-Henry E. Petersen
-President’s meeting with L. Patrick Gray, III
-Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] investigation
-Phraseology and content
-Haig’s meeting with Raymond K. Price, Jr.
-Lt. Gen. Vernon A. Walters’s and Richard M. Helms’s
meeting with Ehrlichman and H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman
-President’s motives
-Plumbers
-President’s role and responsibility
-Compared to Lyndon B. Johnson
-President’s knowledge
-Funds for defendants
-Herbert W. Kalmbach
-Clemency
-Dirty tricks
-Petersen

-J. Fred Buzhardt, Jr.

-John W. Dean III

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. August-2011)

Conversation 439-11 (cont’d)

-Comments regarding Petersen’s knowledge of Daniel Ellsberg break-in
-Ehrlichman
-White House response
-Forthcoming White Paper
-Phraseology and content
-Ellsberg break-in
-President’s knowledge of E. Howard Hunt’s
involvement
-President’s cooperation with William M. Byrne
-President’s instructions to Petersen
-National security
-Walters’s memoranda of conversations [memcons]
-President’s meeting with Gray
-FBI investigation
-Executive privilege
-Documents and testimony
-Charles W. Colson’s files
-Location
-Haig’s conversation with J. Fred Buzhardt, Jr.
-White House response
-Forthcoming White Paper
-Content and phraseology
-National security
-Haldeman and Ehrlichman
-President’s role and responsibility
-President’s orders to Richard G. Kleindienst regarding Ellsberg break-in
-White House response
-Forthcoming White Paper

-Executive privilege

-Executive privilege
-Possible demands for Haldeman’s and Ehrlichman’s notes
-President’s papers
-White House staff members’ testimony
-President’s conversation with Petersen
-National security

-Ehrlichman

-Hunt

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. August-2011)

Conversation 439-11 (cont’d)

-Ehrlichman
-Allegations regarding role
-National security
-Ehrlichman, Haldeman and Colson
-Protection of President
-Dean
-Role
-Knowledge regarding implementation of Huston Plan
-March 1972 awareness of plan
-National security
-President’s knowledge
-Break-in
-Ehrlichman
-Funds for defendants
-White House response
-Forthcoming White Paper

-Possible Congressional reaction

-Editing

-Petersen
-Haldeman and Ehrlichman
-Patrick J. Buchanan
-Ronald L. Ziegler
-Bryce N. Harlow’s role on White House staff
-White House response
-Forthcoming White Paper

-President’s schedule

-Content

-Leak
-Study
-Attachment
-Huston Plan
-Compared with Pentagon Papers
-Dean
-Role on White House staff as counsel
-Walters
-Ellsberg break-in
-Immunity
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. August-2011)

Conversation 439-11 (cont’d)

-Dean

-Ervin Committee hearings

-Schedule


Haig left at 1:10 pm.
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