Secret White House Tapes

928–12

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928–12
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Elliot L. Richardson
May 25, 1973
Conversation No. 928-12

Date: May 25, 1973
Time: 12:09 pm - 12:31 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Elliot L. Richardson. The recording began at an unknown time while the
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Justice Department

United States Customs Service

-George P. Shultz’s opinion

-Treasury Department


United States Attorney General

-Role

-President’s relationships

-Richard G. Kleindienst
-John N. Mitchell

-Richardson’s role as counsel

-Leonard Garment

-Clearances

-Legal problems

-Law enforcement
-Leadership
-National Security Council [NSC]
-Shultz
-Richardson’s previous positions
-State Department
-Defense Department
-Jonathan Moore
-Relationship to Henry A. Kissinger’s staff
-Mitchell’s role
-Papers
-Judgment
-Foreign policy issues
-Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT]
-Soviet Union
-Cambodia
-Richardson’s judgment
-Judicial aspects
-Compared with Shultz’s judgment
-Defense Department
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-Learning
-Indoctrination
-Institution

Presidential appointments
-James R. Schlesinger

-Professionalism

-Defense Department

-William E. Colby

-Central Intelligence Agency [CIA]


Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] directorship
-Discussion with Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
-Overhaul of agency
-J. Edgar Hoover’s legacy
-Internal candidate
-Cartha D. (“Deke”) DeLoach
-Possibilities
-Law school dean

-Judge

-Requirements

-Military member

-Bugging

-Discipline

-Pride

Haig’s recommendation as a General

-Richardson’s discussions with Haig

-Importance

-William D. Ruckelshaus

-Requirements

-Urgency

-Police chiefs

-Compared to military members


Justice Department
-Joseph T. Sneed
-Need for appointments list
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United States Supreme Court
-Chief Justice

-Future relationship with Richardson

-Role as politician


Richardson’s duties

-Penal reform

-Cost

-Reduction in crime rate

-Drugs

-Public relations [PR]

-Credit to the President

Watergate

-Special Prosecutor

-Archibald Cox

-Location

-Whitney North Seymour, Jr.

-Robert L. Vesco



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[Begin segment reviewed under deed of gift]

Watergate

-Robert L. Vesco

-F. Donald A. Nixon


[End segment reviewed under deed of gift]
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Watergate
-Executive privilege

-Oral testimony

-President’s papers

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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2

[National security]

[Duration: 17 s ]



DIPLOMACY


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Watergate
-Executive privilege
-President’s papers
-Memoranda of conversation [Memcons]
-Richardson’s meeting with Egil (“Bud”) Krogh concerning plumbers
-National security


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3

[National security]

[Duration: 34 s ]



DIPLOMACY
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Watergate
-Richardson’s meeting with Egil (“Bud”) Krogh concerning plumbers
-Richardson’s subsequent interrogation
-Richardson’s notes
-Excisions
-Executive privilege
-Memcons
-Possible testimony by H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman, and
Charles W. Colson

-Cabinet officers


President’s attendance at dinner for Richardson in 1965

-[Bobby Tucker?]

-Lieutenant governorship

-Edward W. Brooke

-State attorney general

-Henry Cabot Lodge

-President’s speech


Watergate

-Attacks on the President

-National security

-Newsmen’s leaks

-President’s investigation

-Henry E. Petersen’s investigation

-John W. Dean, III’s role

-Daniel Ellsberg break-in information for judge

-Krogh

-Plumbers

-Role and function


Leaks
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-Effect on foreign policy negotiations

-POW release

-SALT

-Effect on personnel management by the President and Kissinger
-William P. Rogers
-Richardson
-People’s Republic of China [PRC] initiative
-Kissinger
-Rogers
-Melvin R. Laird
-Soviet Union
-Bureaucracy
-Heroic act

-Chester Bowles and Bay of Pigs

-Obeying of the law

-Cabinet officers’ responsibility

-Secretary of Defense

-Secretary of State

-Negotiating positions

-SALT summit with Leonid I. Brezhnev
-Intelligence sources
-Bugging
-Dissemination of classified information
-Tracing leaks
-Defense Department

-Richardson’s role

-Negotiating positions

-Compared to real estate sales


Richardson’s swearing-in ceremony

-President’s remarks


Richardson left at 12:31 pm.
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