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909–29

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909–29
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • John D. Ehrlichman
May 2, 1973
Conversation No. 909-29

Date: May 2, 1973
Time: Unknown between 4:13 pm and 4:56 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with John D. Ehrlichman.

Watergate

-Ehrlichman’s conversation with Egil (“Bud”) Krogh, Jr.

-Krogh’s conversation with Elliot L. Richardson
-John W. Dean, III’s conversation with President
-Richard G. Kleindienst’s conversation with President
-Krogh’s possible affidavit regarding Daniel Ellsberg break-in
-Content
-David R. Young, Jr.’s possible actions
-Forthcoming New York Times story
-Krogh’s role
-Timing of Krogh’s affidavit
-Krogh’s conversation with Richardson
-Dean
-Timing
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. October-2012)

Conversation No. 909-29 (cont’d)

-President’s conversation with Henry E. Petersen
-E. Howard Hunt, Jr.’s testimony
-Ellsberg break-in
-Krogh’s possible affidavit
-Petersen
-Dean’s conversation with Krogh, November 1972
-Petersen, L[ouis] Patrick Gray, and Earl J. Silbert
-Petersen’s role
-Prosecutions
-Ellsberg break-in
-Krogh’s conversation with Richardson
-President’s conversation with Kleindienst
-President’s conversations with Dean
-President’s possible conversation with Richardson
-Ehrlichman’s notes
-National Security Council [NSC] leak to Jack N. Anderson
-Bangladesh and Pakistan issue

-Rose Mary Woods’s safe

-Adm. Thomas H. Moorer

-President’s possible conversation with Richardson
-President’s conversations with Dean
-Photograph of G[eorge] Gordon Liddy
-Justice Department

-Petersen


-Richardson’s handling of case
-Petersen and Silbert
-Need for disclosure
-Ehrlichman’s knowledge of Ellsberg break-in
-Photograph of Liddy
-Possible reporting
-National security
-Dean’s conversations with Ehrlichman
-Petersen
-Timing
-Dean’s conversation with Krogh
-Ehrlichman’s response
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. October-2012)

Conversation No. 909-29 (cont’d)

-Ellsberg case
-Petersen
-Ehrlichman’s assessment
-US Supreme Court
-President’s knowledge of Ellsberg break-in
-Dean’s conversations with President
-Photograph of Liddy
-Dean
-Petersen
-Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI]

-Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] and FBI

-CIA and FBI

-Gray and Silbert

-Dean’s conversation with Ehrlichman

-Petersen

-Krogh
-Conversation with Richardson regarding Ellsberg break-in
-Forthcoming resignation
-New York Times story
-Young’s employment
-President’s knowledge of Ellsberg break-in
-Petersen
-Ehrlichman’s knowledge of Ellsberg break-in
-Timing
-Plumbers
-Hunt
-Dean’s conversation with prosecutors
-President’s subsequent meeting with Kleindienst and Petersen
-President’s response
-President’s knowledge
-Reliance on counsel
-Dean’s conversations with President
-Petersen
-President’s possible conversation with Richardson
-Ehrlichman’s informing the President regarding Petersen’s knowledge of
photograph of Liddy
-Timing
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. October-2012)

Conversation No. 909-29 (cont’d)

-President’s investigation
-Meeting with Dean, March 21, 1973
-Camp David
-“Cancer on the Presidency” conversation
-Seymour M. Hersh’s article in New York Times, May 2, 1973

-Ehrlichman’s and Haldeman’s role in cover-up

-James W. McCord, Jr.

-Liddy

-Hugh W. Sloan, Jr.

-Conversation with Ehrlichman
-Ehrlichman’s response
-Need for attorney
-Dean

-Haldeman and Ehrlichman

-Immunity

-Ervin Committee
-Compared with prosecutors
-Procedures
-Impact on prosecution
-Grand jury

-Press coverage

-Public perception

-Contrasted with Ehrlichman and Haldeman

-Corroboration

-Adm. Thomas H. Moorer
-LaCosta
-Attorney
-Recollection
-LaCosta
-Conversations with President

-Executive privilege

-Ervin Committee

-L[ouis] Patrick Gray, III

-John N. Mitchell


White House staff
-Spiro T. Agnew’s meeting with Kenneth R. Cole, Jr.
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. October-2012)

Conversation No. 909-29 (cont’d)

-Agnew’s role in domestic policy

-President’s remarks, May 1

-Cole’s telephone call to Ehrlichman

-Agnew’s role

-Leaks

-Ambition


John B. Connally
-Party affiliation
-Announcement

President’s schedule
-Otto E. Passman
-Haldeman

Watergate
-Ehrlichman’s lawyer’s view
-Robert L. Vesco
-Ellsberg break-in
-Obstruction of justice
-Ellsberg break-in
-Dean’s knowledge
-Timing
-President’s knowledge
-Photograph in Hunt’s camera
-CIA
-Ehrlichman’s knowledge
-Possible reporting
-Motives
-Neil Sheehan
-Harvard University
-Krogh’s responsibility
-Ehrlichman
-Press coverage
-Role
-Covert operation contrasted with burglary
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. October-2012)

Conversation No. 909-29 (cont’d)

White House staff
-Ehrlichman’s assistance
-Agnew
-Domestic Council
-Cole
-President’s response
-Ehrlichman’s forthcoming conversation with Cole
-Briefing of President
-Trip to Florida

Watergate
-President’s possible conversation with Richardson
-Timing
-Trip to Florida
-President’s previous conversation with Richardson
-National security investigations
-Plumbers
-Hunt and Liddy
-Possible update
-Krogh
-President’s conversations with Ehrlichman and Dean
-Justice Department

-Dean’s blackmail

-Justice Department

-Immunity

-President’s actions

-Ehrlichman’s contact with Justice Department

-President’s possible conversation with Richardson

-Tone

-Perception

-Krogh’s conversation with Richardson

-Kleindienst

-President’s knowledge of Ellsberg break-in

-Dean

-Krogh

-Possible clemency

-Erhlichman’s request

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. October-2012)

Conversation No. 909-29 (cont’d)

-Mitchell

-Krogh

-Obstruction of justice

-Motives

-Possible clemency

-Authority

-Ehrlichman’s viewpoint

-Petersen’s conversation with President

-Dean
-Petersen’s possible statement regarding knowledge of Ellsberg break-in
-Petersen’s telephone conversation with President
-Ellsberg break-in
-Reporting to Justice Department
-Petersen
-Tenure in office
-Richardson

-Kleindienst

-Motives

-Dean

-Ervin Committee

-Howard H. Baker, Jr.

-Dean

-Testimony
-Timing
-Possible conviction
-Immunity
-Contempt
-Ehrlichman’s testimony
-Timing
-Hearing schedule

Ehrlichman left at an unknown time before 4:56 pm.
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. October-2012)

Conversation No. 909-30 (cont’d)
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909–29

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