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  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Hugh Scott
  • Ronald L. Ziegler
  • Leslie C. Arends
  • William E. Timmons
March 20, 1973
Conversation No. 884-3

Date: March 20, 1973
Time: 10:29 am - 10:30 am
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Hugh Scott and Ronald L. Ziegler.

Congressional relations
-Speech
-Freshman Congress members
-Congressional leaders
-New ideas

Leslie C. Arends and William E. Timmons entered at 10:30 am.

Watergate
-John W. Dean's testimony
-Cooperation
-Story in newspaper
-White House cooperation
-Guidelines
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. June-2010)
Conversation No. 884-3 (cont’d)



-Appearance of White House staff before Watergate
-Executive privilege
-Scott's statement
-John W. Dean, III's testimony
-Cooperation
-Story in newspaper
-Scott and Arends' statements
-White House cooperation
-Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI]
-Grand Jury
-Guidelines
-Appearance of White House staff before Congressional committees
-Comparison with Sherman Adams
-Dean
-Legal status
-Written interrogatories
-Alger Hiss case precedent
-Harry S Truman's order
-J. Edgar Hoover
-Earl Browder
-Truman's orders to FBI
-Separation of powers
-Samuel J. Ervin, Jr.
-Compared to Supreme Court
-William O. Douglas
-Pornography decision
-Confidentiality of aides
-Emphasis on positive positions of administration
-Television
-Power of committees
-Scott's research
-Power of Subpoena
-Precedents
-Senate's powers
-Vote of Senate to compel testimony
-Court test
-Separation of powers
-Delays
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. June-2010)
Conversation No. 884-3 (cont’d)



-White House cooperation
-Full disclosure
-Guidelines
-Republican complaints
-Public relations
-Problems
-Need for Republican Congressmen to help

Public relations
-Food costs
-Milk producers
-Cattle growers
-President's support
-Support for President
-Wilbur D. Mills, Robert C. (“Bob”) Wilson
-President's moves on diary and meat imports
-Stockpiles
-Repeal of tariffs
-Food costs
-President's actions against special interests
-Emphasis on successes
-Budget issues
-Need for restraint
-Cost of living
-Tax increase
-President's vetoes
-Reasons
-Defense spending
-Increased appropriations for vocational rehabilitation
-Higher taxes
-President's increases
-Appropriations
-Pete V. Domenici, James L. Buckley, William E. Brock III
-Veto support
-Jacob Javits
-George D. Aiken
-Republican support for President's veto
-Democratic support
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. June-2010)
Conversation No. 884-3 (cont’d)



-Harry F. Byrd, Jr.
-Cost of living
-Higher taxes
-Fluctuations
-Farmers
-Increases in future
-Price freeze
-Policy
-Labor
-Stockpile releases
-Malaysia, Bolivia
-Lumber

Congressional relations
-Republican leadership
-Expression of concerns to President
-Gerald R. Ford

Watergate
-White House disclosures
-Cooperation of White House
-Concern for separation of powers

Scott et al. left at 10:46 am.
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