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  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Ronald L. Ziegler
  • Alexander M. Haig
  • William E. Timmons
  • Nellie L. Yates
June 13, 1973
Conversation No. 939-2

Date: June 13, 1973
Time: 9:22 am - 10:10 am
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Ronald L. Ziegler. Discontinuities appear in the original recording.

Ronald L. Ziegler’s meeting
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
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Conversation No. 939-2 (cont’d)

Press relations
-Vietnam negotiations

-Joint communique

-Alexander M. Haig, Jr.

-National economy

-President’s address

-President’s efforts

-Vietnam negotiations

-Messages

-Nguyen Van Thieu

-National economy

-Vietnam negotiations

-Henry A. Kissinger

-Watergate

-National economy

-Possible freeze

-Prices

-Vietnam negotiations

-Saigon’s reaction

-Forthcoming Soviet Union summit

-Cambodia

-Joseph W. Alsop’s column, June 13, 1973

-Forthcoming Leonid I. Brezhnev visit, Watergate

-Agreement

-Trade

-Elliot L. Richardson

-Wire services


Phil Donahue
-Interview with Julie Nixon Eisenhower
-White House response
-Correspondents
-Insult

Watergate
-Ervin Committee hearings
-Maurice H. Stans
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Conversation No. 939-2 (cont’d)

-John W. Dean, III
-Immunity
-Archibald Cox’s possible appeal
-Judge John J. Sirica’s role
-Forthcoming Ervin Committee testimony
-Possible effects
-Transactional immunity
-Strategy
-Views of Haig and J. Fred Buzhardt, Jr.
-Forthcoming Ervin Committee testimony
-John D. Ehrlichman
-President
-Ehrlichman and H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman
-White House response
-Timing
-Buzhardt
-William O. Bittman
-White House response
-Raymond K. Price
-Actions of Washington Post and New York Times
-Immunity
-White House response
-Buzhardt, Charles A. Wright, Leonard Garment
-Ehrlichman’s letter to President
-Garment
-Leaks to press
-Elliot L. Richardson
-Garment
-Garment

Haig entered at 9:34 am.

Watergate
-Garment
-Conversations with Ziegler and Haig
-Defense of President with press
-Ehrlichman letter
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. December-2011)

Conversation No. 939-2 (cont’d)

-Contacts with Bob Woodward and Seymour M. Hirsh
-Haig’s opinion

Congressional relations

-Vietnam negotiations

-Communique

-William E. Timmons’s activities

-Staff meeting

-Haig
-Chowder and Marching Society
-Society of Statesmen [SOS]
-Cambodia

-Timmons’s schedule

-Kissinger’s forthcoming briefings

-Bi-partisan Congressional leaders meeting
-Mike J. (“Mike”) Mansfield, Hugh Scott
-Gerald R. Ford, Ted Stevens
-President’s role
-Guest list
-Timmons [?]
-Importance
-Kissinger [?]
-Prisoners of War [POWs]
-Chowder and Marching Society
-Watergate
-Watergate
-Bella Abzug’s speech, June 12, 1973
-Haig’s meeting with Chowder and Marching Society
-Watergate
-Laird
-National economy
-President’s activities

Timmons entered at 9:38 am.

Congressional relations

-Vietnam negotiations

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. December-2011)

Conversation No. 939-2 (cont’d)

-Wire services

-Congressional relations

-Mansfield, Scott

-Senate Foreign Relations Committee

-Timmons’s telephone calls
-Briefing schedule

-President’s role

-Kissinger

-Guest list

-Congress compared with White House
-President’s economic controls speech
-Scott and Ford’s views
-Kissinger’s forthcoming briefings
-Scott, Mansfield, Ford, Carl Albert
-Press
-Timing
-President’s approval
-Communique
-President’s briefing on Soviet Union summit, June 13,
1973
-Kissinger’s role
-Wilbur Mill, Wright Patman, William Proxmire

Timmons left at 9:41 am.

Personal appointments
-William Scranton

-Conversation with Haig

-Forthcoming conversation with Haig

-Effect of possible appointment

-Timing of announcements
-Press coverage

-Scranton

-Leonid I. Brezhnev

-Energy

-Harlow

-Scranton

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Conversation No. 939-2 (cont’d)

-President’s trip to Florida
-Brezhnev
-San Clemente
-President’s conversation with Anatoliy F. Dobrynin
-Andrei Gromyko
-Photo opportunity
-“Spirit of Casa Pacifica”
-Spirit of Camp David, Casa Pacifica, Glassboro, and San
Clemente

Watergate
-Dean

-President’s conversation with Ronald Ziegler

-Forthcoming Ervin Committee Testimony

-Press

-Treatment of Whittaker Chambers

-Alger Hiss case

-Treatment of Dean

-Joseph W. Alsop’s column

-Need for White House response

-Haig’s opinion

-Buzhardt

-Spiro Agnew’s speech

-Columns

-Garment’s contacts

-New York Times, Washington Post

-Dean

-Immunity

-White House response

-Peter Lisagor’s possible column

-Ziegler’s efforts

-Discreditation

-Importance of timing

-Henry (“Scoop”) Jackson’s statement concerning Brezhnev’s visit

-Congressional response

-Dean

-Immunity

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Conversation No. 939-2 (cont’d)

-Forthcoming Ervin Committee testimony

-Prosecutors’ evidence-gathering

-Buzhardt

-Expectations

-Cross-examination

-Fred D. Thompson

-Buzhardt

-Howard H. Baker, Jr.

-Edward J. Gurney

-Daniel K. Inouye [?]

-Herman E. Talmadge

-Gurney
-Speeches in Florida
-News coverage
-New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press [AP]
-Support for President
-President’s role
-Need for speeches by supporters
-Content

-Dean

-Haldeman

-Ehrlichman

-Agnew

-Congressmen

-Eugene J. McCarthy

-Statement concerning President’s tenure


Press relations
-Timing of announcements

-Kissinger

-Harlow

-Energy statement

-Scranton’s appointment

-Delay

-Scranton

-Florida

-President’s forthcoming speech on the economy

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. December-2011)

Conversation No. 939-2 (cont’d)


National economy
-President’s forthcoming speech
-Timing
-Ziegler’s forthcoming conversation with Timmons
-President’s schedule
-Cabinet, Bi-partisan Congressional leaders
-George P. Shultz

Ziegler left at 9:59 am.

National economy
-President’s forthcoming speech

-Preparation

-President’s appearance


Chowder and Marching Society

-Support for President

-Meeting, June 13, 1973

-SOS

-Attendees

-Haig’s talk
-White House relations with Congress
-White House relations with Cabinet
-President’s activities
-Economy, energy, Southeast Asia
-Cambodia
-Stability
-Forthcoming Brezhnev visit
-Significance

Nellie L. Yates entered at an unknown time after 9:59 am.

Telegram to Kissinger

-Congratulations

-Scowcroft

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

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Conversation No. 939-2 (cont’d)

Yates left at an unknown time before 10:10 am.

Chowder and Marching Society

-Haig’s previous visits

-Complaints by attendees

-Attitude, June 13, 1973

-Cambodia vote

-Peter H. Dominick


Dominick
-Qualities
-Timmons
-Treatment by Committee to Re-Elect the President [CRP]


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[Begin segment reviewed under deed of gift]

Dominick
-Treatment by Committee to Re-Elect the President [CRP]
-Reelection
-Forthcoming conversation with Haig
-Colorado
-Harlow
-”Georgetown set”
-Possible conversation with Harlow

[End segment reviewed under deed of gift]
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Chowder and Marching Society

-Timmons

-George H. W. Bush


Watergate

-Dean

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. December-2011)

Conversation No. 939-2 (cont’d)

-Forthcoming Ervin Committee testimony
-White House response
-President’s activities
-Energy, Economy, White House staff, Southeast Asia, Brezhnev
-Evidence
-Ervin Committee hearings
-Witness schedule
-Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Dean

-Agnew’s speeches

-Barry M. Goldwater, Jr.’s possible speech

-Possible speeches by Congressmen

-Forthcoming Brezhnev visit

-Samuel J. Ervin, Jr.
-Inouye’s views
-Ziegler
-Possible speech or press story
-Content

Haig’s schedule

Scranton

-Florida


Haig left at 10:10 am.
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