Secret White House Tapes

910–3

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910–3
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • H. R. Haldeman
May 2, 1973
Conversation No. 910-3

Date: May 2, 1973
Time: Unknown between 5:49 pm and 6:15 pm
Location: Oval Office

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

President’s schedule

-President’s previous meeting with Otto E. Passman


Watergate
-Haldeman

-Grand jury testimony

-Invitation to Camp David

-Haldeman’s files

-Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] seizure

-President’s reaction

-Cabinet meeting [?]

-Leonard Garment’s role

-Press relations

-President’s ownership

-FBI seizure

-Garment’s role

-Motives

-Possible review by FBI, Justice Department
-Contents
-President’s ownership
-Contents
-Type of material
-President’s communiqués
-John D. Ehrlichman
-Kissinger, William P. Rogers [?]

-Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon

-President’s ownership

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. October-2012)

Conversation No. 910-3 (cont’d)

-Possible subpoena

-Reaction


White House staff reorganization
-George H. W. Bush
-Possible role
-Congressional relations
-Haig’s assessment
-Lack of support for President
-Republican Party
-Robert H. Finch’s conversation with Haldeman
-Alexander M. Haig, Jr. as replacement for Haldeman
-Haig’s possible role as Chief of Staff

-Temporary basis

-President’s role as Commander-in-Chief

-Dwight D. Eisenhower’s staff

-Gen. Andrew J. Goodpaster

-Daniel Burston [sp?]

-George P. Shultz

-Advice

-Domestic Council

-Spiro T. Agnew, Kenneth R. Cole, Jr.

-Ehrlichman

-Roy L. Ash

-Compared with Haig

-Haig

-Strengths

-Relationship with President

-President’s needs

-Confidante

-Haldeman’s assessment of staffer

-Haig

-Temporary appointment

-Impact on Army

-Strength in staff relations

-Henry A. Kissinger

-Schultz

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. October-2012)

Conversation No. 910-3 (cont’d)

-Ash

-Staff relations

-President’s decision making


Watergate
-Break-in at Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s office
-President’s conversation with John D. Ehrlichman
-Reporting
-Justice Department’s knowledge
-John W. Dean, III’s conversation with President and Haldeman, March 1973
-E. Howard Hunt, Jr.

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

-Henry E. Petersen’s knowledge of photograph

-Justice Department’s knowledge

Haldeman
-President’s appreciation
-Need for support

White House staff reorganization
-Haig
-Meeting with Haldeman
-Message
-Meeting with the President
-Approach
-Chief of Staff position compared with Haig’s ambitions
-Military service
-Cambodia
-Temporary nature of assignment
-Organizational skills
-William E. Timmons

-Possible replacement

-Integrity, experience

-President’s assessment

-Haldeman’s assessment

-John B. Connally

-Political affiliation

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. October-2012)

Conversation No. 910-3 (cont’d)


Watergate
-Haldeman’s forthcoming grand jury testimony
-Executive privilege

-Garment

-Possible effects of waiver by the President

-President’s preference

-President’s instructions to Garment

-Garment’s claim of executive privilege

-Timing
-Haldeman’s forthcoming meeting with Samuel Dash
-Ervin Committee compared to grand jury
-Grand jury
-Applicability of executive privilege
-President
-Impeachment compared with criminal proceedings
-Garment
-Need for instructions
-Haldeman’s preparation of memorandum [memo] regarding extent of
the President’s claim
-Waiver
-Guidelines
-Delivery to Garment
-Haig
-Guidelines
-National security
-William O. Bittman
-Delivery to President
-President’s Address to the Nation About the Watergate Investigations, April 30,
1973
-Julie Nixon Eisenhower
-President’s possible resignation

-President’s motives

-Continuation in office

-Opinion of Haldeman’s lawyers concerning Haldeman’s case

-New York Times story, May 2, 1973

-Dean and Ervin Committee

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. October-2012)

Conversation No. 910-3 (cont’d)

-Leaks
-Inaccuracies
-Ehrlichman’s and Haldeman’s role in cover-up
-Committee to Re-elect the President [CRP]
-Location of meetings
-Correspondence with Dean, John N. Mitchell

President’s schedule

-Departure

-Automobile


The President and Haldeman left at 6:15 pm.
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910–3

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