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916–19

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916–19
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • H. R. Haldeman
  • Alexander M. Haig
  • UNKNOWN
May 11, 1973
Conversation No. 916-19

Date: May 11, 1973
Time: 12:53 pm - 2:02 pm
Location: Oval Office

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

Watergate

-Haldeman’s meeting with J. Fred Buzhardt, Jr.

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. August-2012)

Conversation No. 916-19 (cont’d)

-Alexander M. Haig, Jr.

-Wiretaps

-Haig’s role

-Lt. Gen. Vernon A. Walters

-Memoranda of conversations [Memcons]
-Meeting with Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman and Richard M. Helms
-Meetings with John W. Dean, III
-Buzhardt
-Wiretaps

-W. Matthew Byrne

-Morton Halperin

-Effect on job
-Walters
-Dr. James R. Schlesinger’s orders
-Henry E. Petersen
-Meeting with L[ouis] Patrick Gray concerning Central Intelligence Agency
[CIA] involvement
-Meeting with Helms, Ehrlichman and Haldeman
-Helms’s conversation with Gray
-CIA involvement
-Memcons
-Location
-Meeting among Helms, Ehrlichman, Haldeman and Dean
-Walters’s possible actions
-Haldeman’s and Ehrlichman’s possible testimony
-E. Howard Hunt, Jr.’s activities
-Haldeman’s and Ehrlichman’s conversation with Walters
-Gray

-Walters

-Memcons



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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1

[National security]

[Duration: 7 s ]

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. August-2012)

Conversation No. 916-19 (cont’d)



SOURCES


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1

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Watergate

-Possible testimony

-Conversation with Gray

-Memcons

-Dean’s actions

-President’s conversation with Haig

-Haldeman’s conversation with Helms, Walters and Ehrlichman
-Watergate burglars
-Bay of Pigs
-Hunt and G[eorge] Gordon Liddy
-Possible testimony by Ehrlichman and Haldeman
-Walters
-Memcons
-Possible effects
-Haldeman’s conversation with Helms, Walters and Ehrlichman
-President’s order
-Bay of Pigs
-Helms’s concerns
-Walters’s possible conversation with Gray
-Walters
-Memcons
-Possible effect
-Ehrlichman

-Ehrlichman’s possible testimony

-Effects

-Pentagon Papers, plumbers, wiretapping of newsman
-Kissinger
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. August-2012)

Conversation No. 916-19 (cont’d)

-Possible release of information to Byrne
-Ellsberg
-Buzhardt’s previous meeting with Haldeman and Ehrlichman
-Wiretaps
-Ehrlichman, Henry A. Kissinger and Haldeman
-J. Edgar Hoover
-Wiretaps

-News article

-Ehrlichman’s possible testimony
-President’s orders regarding Walters and Gray
-Executive privilege
-Dean
-Role
-President’s orders regarding Walters and Helms
-Bay of Pigs
-President’s meeting with Helms
-Haldeman’s meeting with Ehrlichman, Helms and Walters
-Ehrlichman’s role
-Facts compared to implications
-Haldeman’s meeting with Helms, Walters and Ehrlichman
-Haldeman’s motives
-Dean
-Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI]
-Walters’s memcon

-Helms’s possible testimony


The President talked with Haig at an unknown time between 12:53 pm and 1:20 pm.

[Conversation No. 916-19A]

[Begin telephone conversation]

Memcons

-Request for delivery to Oval Office


[End telephone conversation]
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. August-2012)

Conversation No. 916-19 (cont’d)

Watergate
-Previous telephone call with Haig
-Memcons from Buzhardt
-Presidential papers
-National security
-W. Mark Felt
-Haig, Ruckelshaus
-New York Times

-Wiretap of Ellsberg

-Time Magazine

-Stanton, Smith [?]

-William C. Sullivan

-Tom C. Huston

-President’s meeting with Haldeman

-Lincoln Room

-Breadth of investigation

-Egil (“Bud”) Krogh, Jr.

-Robert L. Vesco

-John N. Mitchell and Maurice H. Stans

-Stans
-Mitchell

-Grand Jury

-Ehrlichman’s possible testimony

-Walters’s memcons

-Ehrlichman’s possible testimony

-Fake cover for CIA

-Gray

-Haldeman’s meeting with Ehrlichman, Helms and Walters

-Motives

-President’s order

-Ehrlichman’s role

-Daniel Ellsberg
-Gen. Robert E. Cushman and Schlesinger

-Affidavit regarding call from Ehrlichman, July 7, 1972

-Meeting with Ehrlichman regarding July 7, 1972 telephone call

-Request for memo

-Affidavit

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. August-2012)

Conversation No. 916-19 (cont’d)

-Ehrlichman’s testimony
-Possible testimony regarding President and Haldeman
-Myths compared to facts
-Ervin Committee hearings

An unknown person talked with the President at 1:20 pm.

[Conversation No. 916-19B]

[Begin telephone conversation]

[No discernable topic]

[End telephone conversation]

Watergate

-Walters’s memos

-President’s viewing


Haig entered at 1:20 pm.

Watergate

-Walters’s memcons

-Meeting with Helms, Haldeman and Ehrlichman

-Dean

-Dean

-President’s role

-Orders to Haldeman and Ehrlichman regarding Helms and Walters
-Motives
-President’s meeting with Haldeman and Ehrlichman
-Ehrlichman’s office
-President’s knowledge
-Haldeman’s knowledge
-Walters’s meetings

-Dean and Helms

-President’s orders to Haldeman and Ehrlichman

-CIA

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. August-2012)

Conversation No. 916-19 (cont’d)

-Bay of Pigs
-President’s meeting with Helms
-CIA involvement
-Walters’s meetings
-Haldeman, Ehrlichman and Helms
-Gray
-Dean
-Authorization

-Memcons

-Gray

-Telephone call from the President
-Gray
-Testimony, May 10
-Conversation with the President
-President’s call concerning FBI’s prevention of San Francisco hijacking
-Walters’s memcons
-Meeting with Haldeman, Ehrlichman and Helms

-Haldeman’s statements

-Gray

-CIA

-Bay of Pigs

-Hunt and Liddy

-Pentagon Papers

-Meeting with Gray

-June 23, 1972 and July 6, 1972

-June 23, 1972

-CIA
-Mexican bank connection
-Kenneth Dahlberg
-Gray’s possible meeting with Dean
-Motives behind Haldeman’s and Ehrlichman’s meeting with Helms and Walters
-Hunt and Liddy
-Walters’s meetings with Gray
-Dean
-Dean
-Role
-Contacts with CIA
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. August-2012)

Conversation No. 916-19 (cont’d)

-Haldeman’s knowledge

-Timing

-Hunt

-Hunt
-Involvement
-Walters
-Memcons

-Executive privilege

-National security

-Location of copies

-Schlesinger, William E. Colby’s awareness

-Schlesinger’s order

-Elliot L. Richardson
-Haig’s telephone call to Schlesinger

-Haldeman’s forthcoming meeting with Buzhardt

-Colby

-Richardson

-Executive privilege
-Leonard Garment’s approach

-Dean

-Schlesinger, Colby

-Buzhardt’s possible call to Colby

-National security, executive privilege
-Watergate contrasted with memo in Ellsberg case
-Executive privilege
-Haldeman’s lawyers’ view
-Walters’s memcons
-Richardson

-Walters’s possible testimony

-National security

-Individuals with knowledge

-Walters’s possible testimony

-Walters’s memcons
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. August-2012)

Conversation No. 916-19 (cont’d)

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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2

[National security]

[Duration: 10 s ]



CHILE


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2

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Watergate
-Walter’s memcons

-Hunt and James W. McCord

-Buzhardt’s view

-Innuendo

-Buzhardt’s meeting with Walters

-Gray

-Grand Jury testimony regarding CIA
-President’s order
-Walters’s memcon
-President’s conversation with Gray
-Walters’s possible testimony

-Walters

-President’s role

-Conversation with Gray
-Concern regarding CIA
-Buzhardt’s view
-Conversation withGray
-Walters’s memcon, July 13, 1972
-Dean

-Haldeman and Ehrlichman

-Walters

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. August-2012)

Conversation No. 916-19 (cont’d)

-Possible testimony
-Possible conversations
-Richardson, Colby, and Schlesinger
-Attitude toward the President
-Dean
-Haig’s conversation with Schlesinger
-Helms
-Possible testimony
-Conversation with Haldeman
-Meeting concerning CIA involvement
-Conversation with the President concerning CIA involvement
-White House reaction

-CIA involvement

-Cubans

-Walters
-Possible testimony
-Location
-Possible conversation with the President

Haig left at 1:55 pm.

Watergate

-Ehrlichman

-Dean

-Role

-Colby’s belief

-White House reaction

-CIA
-Hunt
-Gray
-Meeting with the President
-Walters
-Value of possible testimony
-Indictments of Mitchell and Maurice H. Stans
-Perjury

-White House response

-Goals of the President’s opponents

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. August-2012)

Conversation No. 916-19 (cont’d)

-President’s principles

-Ellsberg

-New York Times

-Ervin Committee hearings

-Haldeman’s forthcoming meeting with FBI

-Walters’s memcons

-James R. (“Jimmy”) Hoffa

-President’s role in clemency

-Recommended by Justice Department
-Dean’s possible statements
-Subpoena to Haldeman

-Federal Court, Illinois

-Dorothy Hunt’s plane crash


Haig talked with the President between 2:00 pm and 2:01 pm.

[Conversation No. 916-19C]

[Begin telephone conversation]

[See Conversation No. 46-3]

[End telephone conversation]

Watergate

-Haldeman’s mood


The President and Haldeman left at 2:02 pm.
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