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  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • John D. Ehrlichman
  • Gerald R. Ford
  • Stephen B. Bull
April 11, 1973
Conversation No. 893-16

Date: April 11, 1973
Time: 12:34 pm - 1:20 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with John D. Ehrlichman.

Watergate

-White House counterattack

-H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman

-Availability

-Patrick J. Buchanan

-Public relations

-Need for staff

-Research
-John W. Dean, III
-Charles W. Colson
-Robert J. Dole

The President talked with Gerald R. Ford between 12:35 pm and 12:39 pm.

[See Conversation No. 893-16A]

[See Conversation No. 44-145]

President’s telephone call to Ford
-Albert H. Quie

-Polling numbers [?]

-Older Americans

-Need for flexibility in negotiating with Democrats

-Changes

-Stephen Kurzman

-Ford

-Grand Rapids, Michigan

-White House Staff meeting

-Quie

-James H. Cavanaugh

-Negotiations

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. February-2011)

Conversation No. 893-16 (cont’d)

-Older Americans Bill

-Disabled Americans bill

-Veterans bill

-Veto option

-Administration negotiations with Quie

-Conversation with Ford

-Ford’s call to Ehrlichman

-Veto vote

-Republican complaints

-White House event for Congressmen

-Republicans’ support for vetoes

-Caspar W. (“Cap”) Weinberger

-Quie

-Political deals

-Influence


Watergate
-White House counterattack

-Haldeman

-1972 campaign violations by Democrats

-President’s ignorance

-Buchanan

-Public relations [PR] campaign

-Goals

-Violence

-Funding violations

-John N. Mitchell
-Ehrlichman’s conversation

-Maurice H. Stans

-New York Daily News story

-Paul L. O’Brien as attorney

-Robert S. Strauss’s conversation with Mitchell

-Ervin’s future conduct of hearings

-O’Brien’s role

-Perjury

-Alger Hiss

-Possible justification by Mitchell

-O’Brien

-Politics

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. February-2011)

Conversation No. 893-16 (cont’d)

-News stories on forthcoming testimony
-Effects of possible testimony
-Haldeman
-Investigation of funding
-Ervin Committee
-Minority report from Howard H. Baker, Jr., and Edward J. Gurney
-Roles of Baker and Gurney
-Baker
-Restraint on Sam J. Ervin, Jr.
-Ehrlichman’s conversation with Ervin

-Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.

-Leonard Garment’s opinion

-Relations with Ervin and Baker

-Scheduling of witnesses

-James W. McCord, Jr.

-Haldeman

-Ehrlichman’s draft of ground rules

-McCord

-Colson

-Possible positions for White House
-Investigation
-Search for the truth
-Results of White House investigation
-Garment
-Search for truth
-Reasons for Garment’s presence
-Haldeman’s possible testimony
-Possible positions for White House to take
-Garment’s role
-Dean
-Interrogatories

-Fred D. Thompson

-Samuel Dash

-White House position on testimony
-Possible subpoena
-Forthcoming negotiations, April 11, 1973, between John D. Ehrlichman
and committee
-Size of staff
-Division of labor
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. February-2011)

Conversation No. 893-16 (cont’d)

-Ervin

-Age

-Dash

-Witness schedule

-McCord
-Sentencing by John J. Sirica
-Sirica’s role
-Buchanan
-[First name unknown] Wilson [?]
-White House counterattack
-Roscoe Drummond
-Members of press favorable to President

Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 12:34 pm.

President’s schedule

-Meeting with Haldeman


Bull left at an unknown time before 1:20 pm.

Watergate
-Ehrlichman’s meetings

-Cabinet

-White House staff

-Statements
-Haldeman
-Defense to White house staff

President’s schedule

-April 13, 1973, Cabinet meeting

-Postponement of meeting
-Forthcoming meeting with Congressional leaders
-April 19, 1973 Cabinet meeting on energy
-Party April 12, 1973
-Invitation to Cabinet

-Economic news


Economy

-George P. Shultz’s memo

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. February-2011)

Conversation No. 893-16 (cont’d)

-President’s schedule

-Weekend reading

-Pierre Rinfret’s advice

-Strict controls

-Arthur F. Burns

-Forthcoming memo from Ehrlichman

-Burns

-John B. Connally

-Meeting with John W. Dean, III [?]

Ehrlichman’s meeting with Burns

-Inflation

-Herbert Stein’s view

-Change

-Inevitability

Equilibrium

-Remedies

-Effect on boom

-Harm

-Rinfret

-Stock market

-Attention span of Wall Street

-Bernard J. (“Bunny”) Lasker

-Effects of news reports

-Market fluctuations

-Lebanon

-Vietnam

-Analysts

-Controls

-Effects

-Israel and Palestine

-Market fluctuations


Watergate
-Garment
-Presence at Ervin hearings
-Effect

-Legal approaches to Ervin hearings

-Haldeman

-Effects of possible testimony

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. February-2011)

Conversation No. 893-16 (cont’d)

-Republicans’ demand for resignation

-Effectiveness

-Joseph C. Kraft

-Possible meeting with leading Republicans

-Barry M. Goldwater

-Paul J. Fannin

-Seeking advice before testimony


Ehrlichman’s schedule

-Tax policy meeting


Watergate
-Haldeman

-Effects of possible testimony

-Comparison with Jeb Stuart Magruder

-Grand Jury

-Witness schedule
-Dean
-Dwight L. Chapin, Gordon C. Strachan, Donald H. Segretti

Ehrlichman’s schedule

-Tax message

-Rescheduling of Cabinet meeting


Ehrlichman left at 1:20 pm.
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