Secret White House Tapes

921–3

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921–3
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • J. Fred. Buzhardt
May 17, 1973
Conversation No. 921-3

Date: May 17, 1973
Time: 8:44 am - 9:36 am
Location: Oval Office

The President met with J. Fred Buzhardt, Jr.

Buzhardt’s role on White House staff

Watergate
-President’s conversation with Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
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Conversation No. 921-3 (cont’d)

-Buzhardt’s possible conversation regarding Huston Plan
-Henry E. Petersen
-James R. Schlesinger
-William D. Ruckelshaus
-Buzhardt’s conversation with Schlesinger, May 13
-Huston Plan
-Lt. Gen. Vernon A. Walters’s memoranda of conversation [memcons]
-Huston Plan


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Watergate
-Huston Plan
-1968 meeting
-Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] and National Security
Agency [NSA]
-Clark Clifford


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Conversation No. 921-3 (cont’d)

[Duration: 7 s ]


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Watergate

-Huston Plan

-1970 meetings
-Post-Cambodia action civil disturbances in United States
-J. Edgar Hoover’s meeting with Noel Gayler and Louis W.
Tordella
-Decision


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Watergate

-Huston Plan

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Conversation No. 921-3 (cont’d)

-1970 meetings

-Tordella

-Possible testimony

-Richard M. Helms, Hoover, Gayler and Donald Bennett

-President’s approval

-Hoover’s objections

-H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman’s note to Tom C. Huston

-Hoover’s objections

-Clyde A. Tolson

-Termination

-President’s meeting with Mitchell or Hoover

-Suspension of previous approval

-William C. Sullivan’s role

-Tordella’s conversation with Buzhardt

-Implementation

-Central Intelligence Agency [CIA]

-Termination

-Sullivan’s role

-Defense Intelligence Agency [DIA]

-Bennett

-Location
-Korea
-Directive
-Forthcoming call from Buzhardt
-Washington Post story, May 17
-Plumbers operation
-E. Howard Hunt, Jr.’s testimony
-Egil (“Bud”) Krogh, Jr.’s affidavit
-Cubans
-John W. Dean III’s documents
-Possible White House response

-Sullivan, Robert Mardian and Tordella

-Vincent P. DePoix

-DIA

-CIA

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Conversation No. 921-3 (cont’d)

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Watergate

-Dean’s documents

-Possible White House response

-Affidavits
-Tordella and Sullivan
-Gayler and Bennett
-Bernie Welles
-Coordinating committee
-President’s meeting with Hoover and Helms
-Intelligence coordination
-Huston Plan
-Termination
-Tordella’s notes
-Taped conversations
-NSA compared to FBI
-Hoover
-Taping conversations
-White House taping system
-President
-Use
-Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy
-President’s use
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. August-2011)

Conversation No. 921-3 (cont’d)


Watergate
-Dean’s documents
-Possible White House response
-Sullivan

-Location

-Possible affidavit

-Huston

-Location

-Conversation with Buzhardt

-Possible memo

-Need for truth

-Huston Plan

-Termination

-DIA

-Gen. Richard G. Stilwell

-Possible White House response

-Historical background

-Termination of plan

-Implementation of plan

-Compared with other plans

-Buzhardt’s forthcoming conversation with Schlesinger

-Role of NSA

-Washington Post story

-President’s knowledge of White House activities

-Krogh


Press leaks
-President’s house
-President’s knowledge
-Defense-related
-India-Pakistan
-Buzhardt’s report to Melvin R. Laird
-Investigation
-Navy yeoman [Charles E. Radford]
-Adm. Thomas H. Moorer
-Henry A. Kissinger
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Conversation No. 921-3 (cont’d)

-Chairmen of Joint Chiefs of Staff
-Jack N. Anderson
-Investigation
-Knowledge
-Yeoman
-Anderson
-Circumstantial evidence
-Laird’s knowledge
-Possible effect of release of investigation results
-National security
-Moorer
-Military
-Industrial complex
-Anderson
-Lack of evidence

Watergate
-Huston Plan
-Buzhardt’s forthcoming conversations

-Schlesinger

-Petersen

-Dean’s documents
-Schlesinger’s knowledge
-[William] Stuart Symington’s possible action
-Possible public release
-Impact
-National security
-Symington’s forthcoming meeting with intelligence leaders
-Termination of plan
-Historical background
-Symington
-Ronald L. Ziegler’s possible statement
-Buzhardt’s role in White House staff response
-Charles W. Colson

-Possible witness

-David Shapiro’s opinion

-Activities

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Conversation No. 921-3 (cont’d)

-Grand jury
-FBI interview
-Ervin Committee
-Ervin Committee hearings

-Ziegler

-White House staff attendance

-Witnesses

-Possible duration

-Effect

-Samuel J. Ervin, Jr.

-John McClellan

-Interrogators

-Committee members and counsel

-McClellan

-John C. Stennis

-Conversation with Buzhardt

-Dean

-CIA involvement

-Stennis

-Forthcoming conversation with Buzhardt

-Executive privilege

-Categories
-Ehrlichman’s possible conversation with Richard G. Kleindienst
-President’s conversations
-Criminal offenses

-Walters’s memcons

-National security

-Walters’s memcons

-Status



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Conversation No. 921-3 (cont’d)


SURVELLIANCE


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Watergate
-Walters’s memcons
-Contents
-Haldeman
-Possible testimony
-L[ouis] Patrick Gray’s statement concerning President
-Ziegler’s possible press statement
-President’s concern regarding CIA
-Gray’s statement concerning President
-President’s possible conversation with Gray
-President’s motive
-Richard M. Helms and Walters
-Helms


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Conversation No. 921-3 (cont’d)

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Watergate
-Helms
-Conversation with President regarding CIA involvement


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Watergate

-Helms

-Use of CIA

-Domestic purposes
-David R. Young’s request
-Removal
-Possible testimony
-CIA involvement
-Mistake
-Possible conversation with Symington
-CIA involvement
-Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy
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Conversation No. 921-3 (cont’d)

-Hunt’s camera, [recorder]
-Personal direction
-Gen. Robert E. Cushman [?]


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Watergate

-Ellsberg

-Pentagon Papers

-Helms

-Forthcoming conversation with Buzhardt
-Possible testimony
-Propriety
- Ellsberg
-J. Strom Thurmond’s statement, May 16
-Edmund S. Muskie

Buzhardt left at 9:36 am.
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