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773–1
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • H. R. Haldeman
September 8, 1972
Conversation No. 773-1

Date: September 8, 1972
Time: 9:28 am - 10:20 am
Location: Oval Office

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


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The President's conversation with Charles W. Colson on
Watergate
-Lawrence F. O'Brien, Jr.
-Court case
-Edward Bennett Williams
-Depositions
-Howard Johnson Motel
-Location to Watergate
-Indictment

1972 Presidential campaign
-George S. McGovern
-McGovern’s charges
-Duluth, Minnesota
-Story
-Soviet Union grain deal
-Activities of administration
-Continental Grain Company
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-Clarence D. Palmby
-Grain deal and knowledge of farmers
-Supply of grain and price of grain
-Response
-Tactics of McGovern's campaign
-Ohio
-O'Brien
-The Administrations response
-The President’s instructions

John D. Ehrlichman's staff
-O'Brien tax investigation
-Amount of retainer [from Howard R. Hughes]
-Murray M. Chotiner
-George P. Shultz

The Committee to Reelect the President [CRP] headquarters
-1701 Pennsylvania Avenue
-Price of meat


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Watergate issue
-Depositions
-O'Brien
-Depositions
-White House staff
-Burglers
-Indictments
-Time
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Previous presidents
-Public relations
-Drinking habits
-Lyndon B. Johnson
-Harry S Truman
-The President
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
-John F. Kennedy
-Johnson
-Truman
-Poker games
-Johnson
-Press
-Press
-Administration policy
-The President’s view
-John F. Osborne
-Party for press
-Executive Office Building
-Osborne
-Press story

Watergate
-CRP
-Indictments
-The President's attitude
-Deposition
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Wholesale Price Index
-Adjusted figures
-Unadjusted figures
-Department of Agriculture
-Meat prices
-Price freeze
-Donald H. Rumsfeld
-Cable to retail chains
-Bread prices
-Price freeze
-Price commission
-Shultz
-Date
-Presidential gifts
-Anniversary of August 15, 1971 economic action
-Camp David
-John B. Connally
-Shultz
-Arthur F. Burns
-Herbert Stein
-Four leaf clovers
-Watch

Council on International Economic Policy [CIEP]
-Forthcoming meeting with executive committee
-Peter M. Flanigan
-Republican National Convention
-Announcement
-Henry A. Kissinger's presence
-The President’s view
-1972 election
-Forthcoming meeting
-Alexander M. Haig, Jr.

James R. (“Jimmy”) Hoffa
-Kissinger’s meeting with Harold J. Gibbons
-Administration's reactions
-White House
-International Brotherhood of Teamsters
-William L. Taub
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-Meeting with Kissinger
-Parole board
-Taub
-Richard G. Kleindienst
-Parole restrictions
-Travel restrictions
-Hoffa's possible trip to North Vietnam
-William P. Rogers
-Passport cancellation
-Haldeman’s view
-Possible Hoffa press conference
-The President’s view
-Kissinger’s actions
-Ronald L. Ziegler
-Hoffa
-Trip to North Vietnam
-Cancellation
-Pierre Salinger
-Passport
-Rogers
-Colson
-Frank E. Fitzsimmons
-Kissinger's meetings with Gibbons

W. Ramsey Clark

Eugene J. McCarthy
-Possible position
-Corporation for Public Broadcasting
-Thomas B. Curtis
-Nicholas Johnson
-Federal Communications Commission [FCC]
-McCarthy
-Type of position
-Connally
-Dean Burch
-Forthcoming resignation
-Appointment of Democrat or Republican
-Democrat endorsement
-Possible position
-FCC
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-Connally
-Johnson
-Burch
-Richard E. Wiley
-Republican
-Role
-Support of the President
-Johnson
-Work at FCC
-The President’s view

Revocation of Hoffa’s passport
-Rogers
-Colson
-Kleindienst
-Taub
-Clerk in Passport Office
-Call to Kleindienst
-Clerk's reaction

Williams
-Washington lawyers
-List
-Democrats for Nixon
-Kissinger
-Meetings with people
-Flanigan
-Administration policy
-Airlines
-Georgetown lawyers
-List of individuals
-Bryce N. Harlow
-The President’s instructions
-Colson's office
-Washington Democratic lawyers and lobbyists
-Administration's response
-Washington Redskins
-Stadium
-Ehrlichman
-Administration's own lawyers
-Clark M. Clifford's clientele
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Administration activities for second term
-1972 election
-Colson
-Establishing a Nixon-Washington establishment
-Defense against opposition
-Chotiner
-The President’s view
-Colson
-Haldeman’s view
-Internal Revenue Service [IRS] material
-Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] material

Personnel management
-Press relations
-Colson
-Herbert G. Klein
-Counsellor title
-Leonard Garment
-CIEP
-The President’s view
-White House staff
-Haldeman’s view
-Domestic Council
-Ehrlichman
-Creation of work
-Size of Kissinger's staff
-The President’s view
-Executive office
-Size
-Cabinet members
-Press relations with administration
-Klein
-Washington Post
-Individual reporters
-Ziegler
-Opposition to the administration
-The President’s instructions to Haldeman
-Lyndon K. \"Mort\" Allin
-Patrick J. Buchanan
-Kenneth R. Cole, Jr.
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-List of Washington reporters and media people
-Type
-Content
-Stories and predictions on Nixon-McGovern race
-Joseph C. Kraft
-Story on Nixon
-Buchanan
-Allin
-Individuals on list
-Vietnam War reporting
-Kraft
-James B. (“Scotty”) Reston
-Ziegler
-Defense of the President
-Press conferences
-Colson
-Possible role
-Haldeman’s role
-Reactions
-Location in District of Columbia [DC]
-Power structure
-Colson's future location

Hoffa
-State Department
-Possible press conference
-Kissinger
-Cooperation
-Celebrities
-Call from Harvard University professors

The President's schedule


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White House staff
-Alexander P. Butterfield
-Secretary to the Cabinet
-Maxwell M. Rabb
-Responsibilities
-Cabinet meetings
-Reason for meetings
-Leadership for meetings
-Colson
-Forthcoming Cabinet meeting
-Profile on Louis P. Harris poll
-Strengths of the President's administration
-Vietnam issue
-Newspaper coverage
-William E. Timmons
-Butterfield
-Role as coordinator
-Briefing for Ziegler
-Information for public

Murder of Israeli athletes at Olympic Games in Munich, Germany
-Administration's response
-Kissinger
-Haldeman staff meeting
-Haldeman’s view
-Foreign affairs
-US position on Egypt and Lebanon
-McGovern’s position
-Press coverage
-Specific issue dominating newspapers
-Time duration
-Compared to coverage on Lt. William L. Calley, Jr.
-Effect on McGovern’s campaign
-The President’s response
-Jewish issue
-Memorial service
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-The President’s attendance
-Edward M. Kennedy
-Jacob K. Javits
-Abraham Ribicoff
-Herbert Stein
-Kennedy's attendance

Secret Service protection for Kennedy
-Robert Newbrand
-Responsibilities
-Type of protection
-Orders
-William L. Duncan
-Protection orders
-Newbrand

Haldeman left at 10:20 am.
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