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945–3

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945–3
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Alexander M. Haig
  • Ronald L. Ziegler
  • White House operator
  • J. Fred. Buzhardt
June 19, 1973
Conversation No. 945-3

Date: June 19, 1973
Time: 9:36 am - 11:00 am
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Alexander M. Haig, Jr.

Leonid I. Brezhnev

-Demeanor

-Political skill

-Schedule


Ronald Ziegler entered at 9:37 am.

Watergate
-Television [TV] networks’ coverage

-Lead stories on John W. Dean, III

-Ziegler’s views

-Brezhnev’s visit

-Haig’s view

-Newspapers’ coverage

-Washington Post

-Radio coverage

-Brezhnev visit

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-3 (cont’d)

TV coverage
-Dean
-Handling of funds

-Seymour M. Hersh story in New York Times

-J. Fred Buzhardt, Jr.

-Forthcoming Ervin Committee testimony

-Howard H. Baker, Jr.’s statement

-Samuel J. Ervin, Jr., Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.
-William P. Rogers’s conversation with Michael J. (“Mike”) Mansfield,
June 18, 1973
-Haig’s conversation with Mansfield, June 18, 1973
-Rogers
-Mansfield
-Handling of funds
-Archibald Cox
-Henry A. Kissinger
-Possible indictment of President
-Republican Senators
-Leslie C. Arends
-Robert P. Griffin
-Buzhardt, Bryce N. Harlow
-Elliot L. Richardson
-Forthcoming conversation with Melvin R. Laird
-Cox
-Cox
-Possible indictment of President
-Press conference
-Response
-Charles W. Colson
-Barry M. Goldwater
-Hugh Scott, Gerald R. Ford
-Congress
-Laird
-Dean
-Forthcoming Ervin Committee testimony
-H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman’s forthcoming Ervin Committee testimony
-Importance
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-3 (cont’d)

-Ervin, Baker

-White House response

-Cox

-Possible response by member of Congress

-Response

-President

-Edward J. Gurney

-Carl T. Curtis, Scott

-Ford

-George H. W. Bush

-Charles S. Rhyne

-Strategy

-Rhyne

-Senate

-Harlow

-Scott

-Rhyne

-William E. Timmons

-Harlow

-Laird

-Timmons

-Cox

-Dean

-Importance

-Possible press coverage

-Cox

-Scott’s possible response

-Charles A. Wright’s possible response

-Dean
-Handling of funds

-Buzhardt

-Hersh’s story

-Hersh’s view

Brezhnev’s visit
-Media coverage
-TV
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-3 (cont’d)

-Brezhnev’s arrival

-Crowds

-President’s speech

-State dinner

-Signing ceremonies

-Impact
-Agenda
-Sequoia
-Media presence
-Kissinger, George P. Shultz, Nikolai S. Patolichev, Anatoliy F. Dobrynin,
Andrei A. Gromyko, Rogers

-Leonid M. Zamyatin

-Briefing with Ziegler

-Camp David

-Agenda

-Brezhnev’s request

-Camp David

-Gromyko, Rogers

-Camp David, San Clemente, Air Force One

-Private talks with President

-Coverage at Camp David

-Photograph opportunities

-Arrival

-Aspen Lodge

-Meeting

-TV coverage


Watergate
-Dean
-Forthcoming Ervin Committee testimony
-Mansfield’s conversations

-Rogers

-Haig


Brezhnev’s visit
-Agenda
-Signing ceremony
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-3 (cont’d)

-Plenary session
-Delay
-Brezhnev
-Rest
-Shultz, Patolichev

Shultz

-Memorandum

-Content

-Compared to John B. Connally

-Negative comments


Brezhnev’s visit

-Plenary session

-Connally, Laird


Connally
-Possible press conference
-Rumors
-Haig’s assessment
-Media speculation
-Story

-Ziegler

-Possible press conference at Camp David
-White House media
-Connally’s new status as a Republican

Ziegler left at 10:03 am.

National economy

-Price rollback

-Announcement
-Stock Market
-Arthur F. Burns
-President’s schedule
-Demeanor
-Plan
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-3 (cont’d)

-Meeting with Shultz

-President’s program

-Popular opinion

-Freeze

-Lifting of controls

-Price and wage freeze

-Timing

-President’s decisions

-Shultz’s viewpoint

-30 compared with 60 days

-Food price controls

-Shultz

-Doctrinaire viewpoint

-Popular opinion

-Stock Market

-Albert E. Sindlinger’s prediction

-Price controls

-Burns

-President’s assessment

-Shultz

-Management style

-Views

-Herbert Stein, John T. Dunlop

-William E. Simon

-Phase III

-Timing

-Mistake

-Correction

-Panic

-President’s program
-Laird’s role

-Shultz

-Differing points of view

-Debate

Laird
-Brezhnev visit
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-3 (cont’d)

-[Plenary session], economy meeting
-Connally
-View point
-Attendance
-Story concerning Connally and Ziegler
-Leaks to the media
-[Plenary session]
-Cabinet meeting with Haig and Shultz
-Connally’s role
-Views concerning Connally

-President’s support

-Schedule

-San Clemente

-Connally

-Congressional session


Haig’s schedule

-Buzhardt


The President talked with the White House operator at 10:12 am.

[Conversation No. 945-3A]

[Begin telephone conversation]

[See Conversation No. 41-12]

[End telephone conversation]

Watergate
-Media coverage
-President’s opponents
-Effect on Brezhnev’s visit
-Henry M. (“Scoop”) Jackson’s statement
-Paris, Iceland
-President’s economic plan
-Responses of President’s opponents
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-3 (cont’d)


John A. Love

-Wife

-Haig’s conversation with Kenneth R. Cole, Jr.

-Conversation with Connally and Laird

-Forthcoming conversations

-Peter M. Flanigan
-Brother [?]
-Relationship to Love
-Campaign manager
-Haig’s telephone call

Buzhardt entered at 10:13 am.

Watergate
-Dean
-Handling of funds
-Buzhardt’s forthcoming meeting
-Ervin Committee
-Carmine Bellino
-Statement concerning $14,000
-Buzhardt’s forthcoming meeting with Maurice H. Stans
-$22,000
-Stans

-Details

-Amounts
-Fred F. Fielding’s role
-Amounts


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 7

[Privacy]

[Duration: 33 s ]

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-3 (cont’d)

END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 7

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Watergate
-Handling of funds

-Ervin Committee interest

-Hersh

-New York Times
-Jack N. Anderson’s story

-Metromedia

-Les Whitten

-Anderson

-Bail for a former employee

-Dean

-Forthcoming statement

-Handling

-Ervin Committee

-Executive session, June 18, 1973

-Dean

-Lawyer’s statement

-Dean’s possible testimony

-Effect on possible trial

-Dean

-Handling of funds

-Investigations

-Previous testimony

-Bob Manuel [sp?]

-Role in Billy Sol Estes investigation
-Ervin Committee
-Committee to Re-elect the President [CRP]
-Edward J. Gurney’s view
-Gurney

-Dean

-Handling of funds

-Possible civil suit by CRP

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-3 (cont’d)

-Deposition
-Rhyne
-Relationship with President
-Manuel [sp?]
-Cox
-Statement concerning possible indictment of President
-Possible Congressional response

-Wright

-Ziegler

-Timmons

-John C. Stennis

-White House response
-Statement, June 18, 1973

-San Clemente

-Gift of President’s papers

-Buzhardt’s forthcoming conversation with Richardson

-Cox’s jurisdiction
-San Clemente
-Haig’s forthcoming conversation with Richardson
-Richardson
-Possible statement

-Cox’s jurisdiction

-Conversation with Buzhardt, June 16, 1973

-Forthcoming conversation with Haig

-Cox’s jurisdiction

-San Clemente
-Kennedy family
-Watergate burglary and cover-up campaign activities
-Grand jury
-Activities
-Cox’s investigation
-Prosecutors
-James Neal

-Role

-Background

-John F. Kennedy administration
-James (“Jimmy”) Hoffa
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-3 (cont’d)

-Ervin Committee
-Cox
-Compared to Ervin Committee
-Possible indictments
-White House response
-Publicity
-Democrats’ campaign financing
-Ervin Committee hearings
-Dean’s forthcoming testimony
-Timing
-Buzhardt’s possible conversation with Fred D. Thompson
-Letter from Mansfield, Scott
-Baker, Ervin

-Dean’s lawyer

-Herman E. Talmadge

-Today show interview, June 19, 1973

-Reporters’ questions

-Dean’s forthcoming testimony

-Dean’s forthcoming testimony

-Content

-Possible cross-examination

-Thompson

-Effect

-Possible cross-examination

-Sources

-Baker

-Gurney

-Baker

-Gurney

-Questioning
-Buzhardt’s assistance
-Thompson
-Dean
-Forthcoming Ervin Committee testimony

-Possible perjury

-Thompson

-Press coverage

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-3 (cont’d)

-Compared to previous leaks
-Response

-White House

-Haldeman, John Wilson, Buzhardt

-Meeting with President and H. R. Haldeman, March 21, 1973
-President’s motive

-Charles N. Shaffer

-Handling of funds

-Timing

-Anderson

-Don McI. Kendall

-Hersh

-Reporters’ views

-Ervin Committee hearings
-Timing of Dean’s testimony
-Baker’s statement, June 18, 1973
-Mansfield’s and Scott’s letter
-Stennis
-Health
-Forthcoming conversation with Buzhardt
-Goldwater
-Barry M. Goldwater, Jr.’s relationship to Dean
-Senators’ response to Dean
-Curtis, Roman Hruska, Strom Thurmond, Harry Byrd
-Dean
-Ervin Committee testimony

-Response

-Subornation of perjury

-Clemency

-Jeb Stuart Magruder

-L[ouis] Patrick Gray, III’s statement

-Conversations with Gray and Richard G. Kleindienst

-Content

-White House response

-White House strategy

-Media reports

-Ervin Committee testimony, June 18, 1973
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-3 (cont’d)

-Martha (Beall) Mitchell
-Helen A. Thomas’s stories

-Conversation with Haig

-John N. Mitchell

-Health
-Mitchell

-Knowledge

-Effect of Martha (Beall) Mitchell’s press contacts

-Thomas

Press relations
-Tom [Last name unknown]
-Dennis Chavez
-Unknown man from West Virginia
-Herman E. Talmadge
-Carl B. Albert
-Jack Anderson
-Stature

-White House staff

-Double standard


Watergate
-Samuel Dash
-Cox’s statement
-Possible response
-Ziegler, Hruska
-Press coverage
-New York Times, Washington Post, network news
-Buzhardt’s forthcoming conversations with Laird, Ziegler
-Mitchell

-President’s report to Henry E. Petersen

-William O. Bittman

-Possible relationship with Petersen

-E. Howard Hunt, Jr.

-Financial condition

-Bittman’s fee

-Funds from Dean

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-3 (cont’d)

-Colson’s view
-Buzhardt’s forthcoming actions
-Possible subpoena of Dean financial information
-Laird meeting
-Stennis

-Meeting with Senators

-Possible effect

-Washington contrasted with rest of nation

-Washington Post

-Senator’s possible conversations

-Wright

-Leonard Garment

-Jacob K. Javits, Charles H. Percy

-Dean

-Handling of funds


Buzhardt left at 10:53 am.

-Response to press charges

-Haig’s view

-Dean

-Motive

-Richardson

-Forthcoming conversation with Haig

-Cox’s jurisdiction

-Mandate for confirmation

-White House response

-Love

-Meeting with President
-Possible press statement
-Possible effect of Dean’s testimony
-Forthcoming role on White House staff
-Conversation with Haig
-Dean
-Laird
-President’s White Paper [Statement on Watergate, May 22, 1973]
-White House response
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-3 (cont’d)

-White Paper, May 22, 1973

-Dean

-Conversation with President and H. R. Haldeman, March 21, 1973
-$1 million
-President’s response
-Camp David
-Mitchell meeting, March 22, 1973

Haig left at 11:00 am.
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