Secret White House Tapes

933–11

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933–11
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Charles A. Wright
  • Alexander M. Haig
  • J. Fred. Buzhardt
  • Manolo Sanchez
  • Melvin R. Laird
  • UNKNOWN
June 6, 1973
Conversation No. 933-11

Date: June 6, 1973
Time: 11:44 am - 12:53 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Charles A. Wright, Alexander M. Haig, Jr., J. Fred Buzhardt, Jr., and
Manolo Sanchez.
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Conversation No. 933-11 (cont’d)


Greetings

-Guests

-Buzhardt’s policy paper


Refreshments

-Coffee


Sanchez left at an unknown time before 12:38 pm.

Watergate

-Subpoena

-Edward J. Gurney

-Samuel Dash
-Possible subpoena
-Statement concerning White House cooperation
-Possible subpoena
- President’s meetings with John W. Dean, III
-Reporters' comments on statement
-Archibald Cox
-Ervin Committee hearings
-Effect on forthcoming trials
-John N. Mitchell, Dean, H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman, John D.
Ehrlichman
-Cox
-Compared to other cases' publicity
-Sam Shepard
-Billy Sol Estes
-Bobby G. Seale
-Cox
-Forthcoming meeting with Wright and Buzhardt
-President’s papers
-Contents
-Ehrlichman, Haldeman conversations
-Dean
-Papers, memcons [memoranda of conversations]
-Contents
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Conversation No. 933-11 (cont’d)

-Haldeman and Ehrlichman
-Compared to Lt. Gen. Vernon A. Walters’s memcons
-Ehrlichman’s deposition
-Press coverage

-Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS]

-President’s knowledge

-Jeb Stuart Magruder and Gordon S. Strachan

-President’s role
-Herbert W. Kalmbach
-Funds for defendants

-Ehrlichman’s and Dean’s roles

-President’s knowledge

-Haldeman’s role

-President’s papers
-Contents
-Conversation with Dean

-Ronald Ziegler

-Courts

-David L. Bazelon
-Supreme Court Justices
-Thurgood Marshall
-Brown [first name unknown]
-Philadelphia lawyer
-Jewell S. LaFontant
-Ehrlichman [?]
-Senate confirmation
-Senators
-Executive privilege
-Access permission and terms
-Dean
-Contacts with President

-1972

-Executive privilege meeting, February 27, 1973

-Ehrlichman, Haldeman, and Haig
-Richard A. Moore

-Louis Patrick Gray

-Ervin Committee appearances

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Conversation No. 933-11 (cont’d)

-Dean report

-Donald H. Segretti

-Cover-up

-Release of information

-Fred Thompson
-Relations with Buzhardt
- Edward J. Gurney

-Forthcoming meeting with Buzhardt

-Possible cross-examination of Dean

-Dash

-Preparation

-Dean
-March 21, 1973 meeting with President

-Cancer on the Presidency

-Subornation of perjury

-Clemency offer

-Dean’s role

-William O. Bittman’s blackmail

-Conduct

-Thompson’s forthcoming questioning
-Contacts with Haldeman, Ehrlichman and President
-Contacts with President

-Content

-Dates

-Strachan

-Cover-up

-Executive privilege, Gray-testimony

-President’s desire for full disclosure
-Haldeman television appearance
-Dean
-Report
-Letter to Ervin Committee, March 20, 1973
-Moore
-Possible Ervin Committee testimony
-Gray
-Cover-up
-March 21, 1973 meeting with President
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Conversation No. 933-11 (cont’d)

-President’s assumptions about role
-Letter, March 20, 1973

-Purpose

-Content

-Payoffs to defendants
-Ervin Committee
-Segretti
-Investigation with Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI]
and Justice Department
-March 21, 1973 meeting with President

-Out of context quotes

-$1,000,000

-Discussion
-Funds for defendants
-Haldeman
-Motives of participants
-Haldeman and Ehrlichman

-Increases

-Obstruction of Justice

-Haldeman
-Ehrlichman
-Mitchell
-Timing of Burglars' trials and sentencing-James McCord’s letter
-Cox
-Forthcoming meeting with Buzhardt
-Role
-Access
-Call from Buzhardt
-Leak
-Conversation with Buzhardt
-Earl Silbert’s subpoena
-Forthcoming meeting with Buzhardt
-Dean
-Meetings with President

-Moore

-February 27, 1973

-Moore’s, Haldeman’s, Ehrlichman’s testimony
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Conversation No. 933-11 (cont’d)

-President’s press conference

-Cox’s purpose

-President’s role in case

-Dean meetings
-Immunity for Dean

-Purpose

-White House response

-Letter to Ervin Committee, June 5, 1973
-Possible delay
-President’s role
-Jurisdictional guidelines
-Elliot Richardson
-Immunity for Dean
-Dean
-Possible testimony before Ervin Committee

-Immunity

-Effect

-Cross-examination

-Immunity
-Television coverage
-Importance
-Expectations
-Buzhardt’s forthcoming conversation with Thompson
-Timing

-Knowledge of wiretaps

-Cross-examination

-January 1972

-Mitchell

-Jeb Stuart Magruder

-G[eorge] Gordon Liddy

-President’s knowledge

-Conversations

-Haldeman

-Clark MacGregor

-Haldeman

-Cross-examination

-President’s knowledge

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Conversation No. 933-11 (cont’d)

-Gray’s documents

-Ehrlichman

-Dean’s assessment

-Fred Fielding’s role

-Dean’s knowledge
-Subornation of perjury

-Mitchell and Magruder

-President’s knowledge

-Howard H. Baker, Jr.

-Thompson

-President’s knowledge

-Funds for defendants

-Haldeman, Ehrlichman
-Clemency offer
-Ehrlichman’s alleged meeting with President
-March 21, 1973 meeting with President
-Problems
-Subornation of perjury, clemency offer
-Funds for defendants
-President’s role
-Haldeman
-President’s role
-$1,000,000
-Cover-up
-Payoffs
-Mitchell’s role
-Bittman
-Receipt of $120,000
-Possible testimony
-Dean’s story concerning threats from E. Howard Hunt, Jr.
-Work for Ehrlichman
-President’s meeting with Mitchell, Ehrlichman, and Haldeman, March 22, 1973
-Full disclosure
-Dean’s trip to Camp David
-Dean
-Possible testimony concerning meetings with President
-Cross-examination
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Conversation No. 933-11 (cont’d)

-Credibility

-Conversations with President

-Easter phone call
-$1,000,000
-Ziegler’s presence
-$1,000,000
-March 21, 1973
-President’s motives
-Full disclosure
-Mitchell meeting with President,
March 22, 1973
-Possible White House attack on credibility

-Timing

-Robert U. (“Bob”) Woodward

-Reporters' concerns

-Cross-examination

-Media

-February 27, 1973 meeting with President

-Moore’s testimony

-Moore
-Knowledge
-Dean’s comments
-March 20, 1973 call from Dean
-Dean’s forthcoming meeting with President
-Democrats, Internal Revenue Service [IRS]

-Possible knowledge

-Views concerning Dean’s informing President

-A phone call from Dean, March 20, 1973
-Dean
-Contacts with President
-March 21, 1973 meeting, March 22, 1973 calls
-President’s meeting with Mitchell, March 22, 1973
-Phone calls

-Florida

-Camp David

-April 15, 1973

-Conversation with Henry Petersen

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Conversation No. 933-11 (cont’d)

-Haldeman and Ehrlichman
-Resignation

-Timing

-Petersen

-Petersen

Melvin Laird entered at an unknown time after 11:44 am.

Laird’s schedule

Media reaction


Laird left at an unknown time before 12:37 pm.

Watergate
-Petersen
-Knowledge
-Meeting with President after Cox’s appointment
-Possible suspicions
-Praise by Dean and Mitchell
-Reason

-Views concerning Mitchell

-Mitchell

-Dean’s views

-Dean
-Haldeman, Ehrlichman or Mitchell supervision
-Possible cross-examination
-President’s role
-President’s orders concerning report
-March 21, 1973
-Camp David trip
-March 20, 1973
-Contacts with President
-Content
-Possible White House counterattack
-Haldeman and Ehrlichman
-Statements
-President’s response to White House staff involvement
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Conversation No. 933-11 (cont’d)

-Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell
-Dean’s motives

Buzhardt and Wright left at 12:37 pm.

An unknown man entered at 12:37 pm.

Laird

-Press conference

-Location


The unknown man left at an unknown time before 12:38 pm.

Watergate
-White House response
-Charles W. Colson
-Dean

Laird entered at 12:38 pm.

Laird’s press conference

-Watergate questions

-Various subjects
-White House staff reorganization
-Health issues
-National economy
-Recommendations
-Laird’s abilities
-President’s press conferences
-Schedule

Laird’s schedule

-Press conferences

-Relationship with media


Laird left at 12:40 pm.
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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Conversation No. 933-11 (cont’d)

Watergate
-Dean
-Press handling
-Washington Post, New York Times
-Press handling

-Walters’s memcons

-Huston plan

-Wiretaps

-Dean’s statements concerning President’s knowledge

-Dean

-Statements concerning conversations with President

-White House response
-Joseph Alsop’s column, June 6, 1973
-Possible statements concerning conversations with President
-Forthcoming Ervin Committee testimony
-Effect
-White House response

-Buzhardt

-June 4, 1973 press stories

-Dean

-Haig’s conversation with Buzhardt

-Fear of jail

-Motive

-President, Ehrlichman, Haldeman
-Ervin Committee and lawyers’ goal

-President’s culpability

-White House response

-Strategy

-Laird

-Role on White House staff
-William E. Timmons’s view of Congressional response to
appointment
-Bryce N. Harlow’s role on White House staff
-Dean

-Files

-Possible recordings of telephone calls

-Files

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


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Conversation No. 933-11 (cont’d)

-News summary from President
-Acquisition, contents
-Work habits
-Possible immunity
-Files
-Dean’s conversation with Buzhardt, June 2, 1973
-Lawyers
-Ervin Committee hearings

-Possible duration

-Maurice H. Stans’s possible testimony

-President’s conversation with William P. Rogers, June 5, 1973
-Mitchell’s possible testimony
-Robert Vesco case indictment
-Dean’s possible testimony
-Effect of immunity
-Haldeman and Ehrlichman
-Possible testimony
-Colson
-President
-Laird’s joining White House staff

National economy
-Haig’s forthcoming conversations

-Simon

-Dunlop

-Connally

-Possible 60-day freeze

-Cabinet meeting

-Economic package


Haig left at 12:53 pm.
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