Secret White House Tapes

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933–3
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Alexander M. Haig
  • White House operator
  • J. Fred. Buzhardt
June 6, 1973
Conversation No. 933-3

Date: June 6, 1973
Time: 9:01 - 10:03 a.m.
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Alexander M. Haig, Jr.

Haig’s trip to West Point, June 5, 1973

Watergate
-Wiretaps
-Media coverage, June 5, 1973
-Compared to coverage of John D. Ehrlichman’s deposition
-Jeb Stuart Magruder and Gordon Strachan
-Networks' coverage of Hugh Scott statement
-Distribution
-Names
-Possible release
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. June-2011)

Conversation No. 933-3 (cont’d)

-Dan Rather’s commentary, June 6, 1973

White House staff changes
-President’s possible announcement

-Personnel

-Risks

-Gerald L. Warren

-Melvin R. Laird

-Format

-Laird

-Photograph

-Timing

-Herbert G. Klein

-Laird


John B. Connally
-Meeting with President, June 6, 1973
-Haig’s assessment

-Conversation with Pierre Rinfret

-Meeting with President, June 6, 1973

-National economy
-Export controls on food
-Freeze
-People’s Republic of China [PRC]
-Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR]
-Grain

National economy
-Controls
-Possible effects
-Philosophical change for administration
-Trade bill
-Relations with Japan, USSR
-Grain

-George Shultz-Herbert Stein plan

-Assessment by Connally

-Haig

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


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Conversation No. 933-3 (cont’d)

-President

-Watergate effects

-Private conversations

-Prices

-Albert E. Sindlinger

-Shultz

-Job performance


Watergate

-President’s call to J. Fred Buzhardt, June 5, 1973

-President’s meeting with Buzhardt, June 5, 1973

-Samuel Dash’s possible subpoena for logs
-Dean
-Dean’s subpoena

-Leonard Garment or Buzhardt call

-Gerald L. Warren briefing

-Haig’s forthcoming call to Buzhardt

The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 9:01 am and
9:14 am.


[Conversation No. 933-3A]


[Begin telephone conversation]


[See Conversation No. 39-97]


[End telephone conversation]


Watergate

-Buzhardt

-Cabinet meeting attendance


Haig talked with Buzhardt at an unknown time between 9:01 am and 9:14 am.

[Conversation No. 933-3B]
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


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Conversation No. 933-3 (cont’d)

[Begin telephone conversation]

[See Conversation No. 39-98]

Watergate

-John W. Dean’s possible subpoena

-Information supplied by Buzhardt
-Publicity
-Garment

[End telephone conversation]

Watergate

-Ronald Ziegler

-Dash’s possible subpoena

-Buzhardt’s conversation with Fred D. Thompson, June 5, 1973
-Dash’s call to Buzhardt, June 5, 1973
-Press coverage

The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 9:01 am and
9:14 am.


[Conversation No. 933-3C]


[Begin telephone conversation]


[See Conversation No. 39-99]


[End telephone conversation]


Watergate
-Jews
-Garment

The President talked with Buzhardt between 9:14 am and 9:15 a.m.

[Conversation No. 933-3D]
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. June-2011)

Conversation No. 933-3 (cont’d)


[Begin telephone conversation]

[See Conversation No. 39-100]

[End telephone conversation]

Watergate

-White House response

-Public relations needs

-Ehrlichman’s deposition
-Press reports [White House News Summary]
-Magruder and Strachan
-White House response
-Archibald Cox, Dash
-President’s papers
-Buzhardt, Garment
-Buzhardt
-Access to President’s papers
-Ownership
-Dean’s, Ehrlichmans, Haldeman’s papers
-Haldeman
-Dean’s safe
-President’s papers
-Contents
-Possible press reports
-Magruder, Strachan
-Strachan
-Contacts with President
-President’s papers
-Subpoenas
-White House response
-Buzhardt, Charles Wright, Garment
-Meetings with Haig, President
-Haig meeting, June 5, 1973
-Wiretaps
-Press coverage
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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Conversation No. 933-3 (cont’d)

-New York Times, Washington Post
-Names

-Patrick J. Buchanan

-Buzhardt

-White House response

-John B. Connally’s views

-Success

-President’s activities

-Purpose

-Melvin R. Laird

-Bryce N. Harlow


National economy
-Package

-Readiness

-Preparations

-Speech

-Quality

-Raymond Price and other speechwriters

-President’s note to Haldeman
-President’s assessment
-Price
-David R. Gergen
-Package

-President’s confidence

-Speech

-Peoria, Illinois

-Investors

-New York

-Political climate

-Demonstrators, press

-Friendly cities [?]
-Chicago, St. Louis, Atlanta, New Orleans, Columbus, Cleveland
-Meetings in White House
-Publicity
-Thailand, Cambodia
-Stock brokers
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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Conversation No. 933-3 (cont’d)

-Frank E. Fitzsimmons

-President’s travels

-Economic speeches

-Chicago, radio

-Publicity

-Community meetings

-Shultz ideas

-Meetings with African Americans

-President’s assessment

-Media coverage

-President’s interest


President’s schedule
-David N. Parker
-Shultz

Cabinet’s schedule

National economy
-Stock market
-Dow Jones
-Real estate market
-Shifts
-Dollars abroad
-Inflation
-Possible freeze
-Effect
-Failure
-Advice to President
-Controls
-Philosophy

-[Unintelligible name]

-Republican Party

-Effect

-Perpetual controls

-Status quo

-Need for leadership

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
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Conversation No. 933-3 (cont’d)

-Effect of Watergate

-Disquiet in Washington, D.C.

-Need for active leadership


Watergate
-White House response
-Leonid I. Brezhnev visit effect
-Media reaction

-Reaction of Congress


President’s schedule
-Brezhnev’s schedule
-San Clemente
-Brezhnev’s reaction
-Gift
-Golf cart
-Brezhnev’s reaction

-Cadillac

-Gen. Robert E. Cushman, Jr.


Vietnam negotiations press coverage
-Henry A. Kissinger

Clarence Kelley
-Media coverage
-Meeting with President
-Announcement
-Time

President’s schedule
-Florida Technical University speech

-Preparation

-Economic policies

-Future of America

-Youth

Haig’s West Point speech, June 5, 1973
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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Conversation No. 933-3 (cont’d)

-President’s accomplishments

-People’s Republic of China, Vietnam

-Support for President


Watergate
-Popular opinion
-Mail to Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon, Julie Nixon Eisenhower and Tricia Nixon Cox
-Elliot L. Richardson
-Ehrlichman’s deposition
-Press coverage

-Scott’s statement

- Spiro T. Agnew’s statement

-Popular opinion

- Connally’s view
-Wiretaps

-John F. Kennedy’s administration

-Release of names

-Daniel Ellsberg tap

-Names

-Buchanan
-Robert F. (“Bobby”) Kennedy years, Lyndon B. Johnson years
-Henry Brandon
-J. Edgar Hoover

National economy
-Rinfret’s view of freeze

-Haig’s agreement

-Duration of price freeze

-60 days, as opposed to 90 days

-John T. Dunlop

-Cost of Living Council [COLC]

-Chairman

-Labor [Advisory Board]

-Possible freeze

-Duration

-Development of Phase II

-Connally
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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Conversation No. 933-3 (cont’d)

-Contribution to debate

-Shultz

-Stein

-President’s assessment

-Need for economic advice

-Generation of ideas

-Treasury Department

-Haig’s forthcoming meeting with William E. Simon

-Simon’s possible conversation with Dunlop

-Shultz, Connally

-Severity of situation

-Haig’s forthcoming conversation with Dunlop

-President’s request for ideas

-Possible freeze

-Duration

-Labor

-Statistics

-Haig call to Simon

-President’s decision

-Possible delays

-Forthcoming decisions from advisors

President’s schedule
-Cabinet meeting, June 7, 1973

-Laird

-Agenda

-Paris negotiations

-Economic package

-Preparedness

-Iceland Summit

-Reports

-Peter J. Brennan
-Therapy
-Claude S. Brinegar
-Caspar W. (Cap) Weinberger
-Length

-Presentations

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. June-2011)

Conversation No. 933-3 (cont’d)

-Meeting

-John Connally, Laird

-National economy

-President’s decision-making
-Recommendations

Watergate
-Press coverage
-White House response
-Connally

-President’s possible press conference

-Timing

-Brezhnev’s visit

-Popular opinion

-Joseph Alsop’s column

-Mail

-White House

-Networks


President’s conversation with William P. Rogers
-Georges J. R. Pompidou

-Meeting

-Health

-Contingency plans

-Donald McI. Kendall

-Ambassador to Mexico

-Appointment

-Rogers

-Political shrewdness

-Watergate


Watergate
-Rogers’ view
-Popular opinion
-Dean

-Connally’s view

-View of politics

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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Conversation No. 933-3 (cont’d)

-President’s opponents
-Paul N. McCloskey, Jr.

-President’s call to Gerald R. Ford

-Possible speech, possible resolution

-Impeachment resolution

-Carl B. Albert’s view

-President’s conversation with Rogers

-Meetings with Dean

-Rogers

-A meeting with Haig


President’s schedule
-Laird, Harlow, Haig
-Possible Sequoia cruise with President
-Florida Technical University speech
-Laird’s morale

Watergate
-Dean

-A Phone call from President

-March 21, 1973 meeting with President

-President’s response

-Buzhardt

-Credibility

-Press comment

-Alsop

-White House response


National economy
-Haig’s forthcoming conversations

-Dunlop

-Simon

-Status quo
-Haig’s view

-[Freeze]

-Experience

-Political viewpoint

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. June-2011)

Conversation No. 933-3 (cont’d)

-Effect of Watergate

Watergate
-Charles W. Colson
-Television interview
-Albert E. Sindlinger’s statement
-Relationship to national economy

National economy
-Economic figures
-Timing
-Kelley’s nomination

-President’s trip to Florida

-Congressional relations

-William E. Timmons

-Possible freeze

-Execution

-Follow-up

-Phase II

-60 days

-Dunlop

-Status quo

-Possible freeze

-Expectations


John Connally
-Role on White House staff
-President’s schedule
-Watergate
-Haig
-Possible departure
-Laird
-Agnew
-Cabinet meetings
-COLC
-Energy
-President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board [FIAB]
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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Conversation No. 933-3 (cont’d)

-Briefings
-Briefing officer

-Special advisory role

-Law firm

-Use of government plane

-Convenience

-Role

-Laird

-Forthcoming conversation with Haig
-Connally’s role on White House staff
-Cabinet, National Security Council [NSC], Energy meetings
-Conflict of interest

-60 day freeze

-Simon, Dunlop, Shultz

-Views on economic package

-President’s views

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

-Connally

-Gimmick


Laird’s role
-Shultz

Forthcoming press statements
-Warren
-Assistant to President
-Ziegler
-Klein’s statement
-Ziegler

-Schedule of announcements

-White House staff changes

-Haig, Laird

-Draft

-Changes

-Typing

-Arrangements

-Warren [?], Laird, Haig

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


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Conversation No. 933-3 (cont’d)


Personnel management

-Job offer


Haig and the President left at 10:03 am.
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