Secret White House Tapes

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945–7
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Alexander M. Haig
  • J. Fred. Buzhardt
  • Melvin R. Laird
  • UNKNOWN
June 19, 1973
Conversation No. 945-7

Date: June 19, 1973
Time: Unknown between 3:09 pm and 4:30 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Alexander M. Haig, Jr.

Leonid I. Brezhnev’s visit

-Camp David

-Travel options

-Mt. Vernon, Hagerstown

-Helicopter, car

-Travel time

-Sequoia


J. Fred Buzhardt Jr. entered at an unknown time after 3:09 pm.

Watergate

-Prosecutors

-Envelope

-Ronald L. Ziegler

-Judge

-John W. Dean, III

-Earl J. Silbert

-Archibald Cox

-Committee to Re-elect the President [CRP]

-Forthcoming letter to Dean, June 19, 1973

-$14,000

-Dean

-Ervin Committee testimony

-Handling of funds

-Charles N. Shaffer

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-7 (cont’d)

-Maurice H. Stans
-Conversation with Buzhardt
-Forthcoming letter to Dean, June 19, 1973
-Seymour M. Hersh
-Dean’s finances
-Dean
-Handling of funds
-Possible investigations

-Prosecutors

-Ervin Committee

-Possible newspaper stories
-$14,000

-W. Richard Howard

-Gordon C. Strachan

-Knowledge
-Conversation with Dean, November 1972
-Conversation with Stans
-$22,000
-$22,000
-Fred F. Fielding and Strachan
-H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman
-Stans

-Fielding and Strachan

-Possible use
-Jeb Stuart Magruder
-John N. Mitchell
-Frederick D. La Rue
-La Rue
-Buzhardt’s attempted phone calls, June 19, 1973
-$14,000 and $22,000
-Hersh
-Source of information

-Finances

-Handling of funds

-Lawyer’s possible advice

-Trust account

-Reasons

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-7 (cont’d)

-Hersh
-Investigation
-Possible press coverage
-Investigations
-Compared to Defense Department improprieties
-Letter from CRP
-CRP’s possible suit

Buzhardt left at 3:23 pm.

Melvin R. Laird

-Forthcoming conversation with President

-Role on White House staff

-Congress
-William E. Timmons
-Bills
-Veto
-Economic package
-Phase IV

-Haig’s resignation from Army

-US News and World Report article [?]

-Laird’s influence

-Role on White House staff

-Administration’s relations with Governors and Mayors
-Revenue sharing
-Economy
-Kenneth R. Cole, Jr.

-Staff

-William J. Baroody, Jr.
-Intelligence
-Communications department
-Replacement
-Forthcoming conversation with President
-John B. Connally’s role on White House staff
-Advisement
-Meetings
-Energy
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-7 (cont’d)

-Economics
-Foreign policy
-Cabinet
-Bryce N. Harlow

-Skillset

-Background in law enforcement [?]


Haig
-Role on White House staff

-Laird, Harlow

-President’s schedule

-Interaction with Congress

Laird
-Meeting with Hugh Scott
-Alleged telephone call to President

Spiro T. Agnew
-Investigation in Maryland
-Laird’s forthcoming conversation with J. Glenn Beall, Jr.
-George Beall
-Intimidation
-Haig’s forthcoming conversation with Laird
-President’s influence

-Marvin Mandel

-Scope

-Possible effect

-Allegations
-Beall’s possible role

-Two prosecutors

-Forthcoming conversation with Beall

-Supervision

-Harlow

-St. Croix

-Laird

-Timmons

-Discretion
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-7 (cont’d)


Watergate

-Dean

-Motives

-Immunity
-Handling of funds
-Testimony
-Haldeman, Ehrlichman
-Press coverage
-Dean
-Motives
-Handling of funds
-Testimony
-Ehrlichman
-March 21, 1973 meeting with President
-Visit to Camp David

Laird entered at 3:38 pm.

Laird’s schedule

-Congressional leadership

-Republican Senators

-Policy
-Elliot L. Richardson
-Cole
-House of Representatives
-Carl B. Albert, Gerald R. Ford

Cambodia
-Forthcoming vote in House of Representatives
-Ford’s view
-Albert’s view
-Position of House of Representatives
-Timing
-Henry A. Kissinger’s possible role
-Appearance before Republican conference
-Ford’s view
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-7 (cont’d)

-Attitude

-Date, September 1, 1973

President’s position

-Funding

-House rules on conference report

-Senate amendment

-Conference report

-Continuing resolution

-Efforts of Kissinger and Timmons

-Ford’s view

-J. William Fulbright

-Administration’s strategy

-Kissinger

-Laird

-Timmons

-Ford’s view
-Possible White House action

-House position

-Vote

-Republicans

-Compromise

-President’s authority

-Bombing

-Ford

-Albert’s view

-Timmons

-Senate amendment compared to House position

-Kissinger

-Schedule


-House Republicans

-Negotiations

-[North Vietnam] Hanoi

-Peace negotiations

-Peace negotiations
-President’s authority
-US withdrawal
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-7 (cont’d)

-September

-Impact

-Forthcoming vote in House of Representatives

-September amendment

-Continuing resolution

-Cut-off

-Ford’s position


Laird
-Office and staff
-Domestic council

Cole
-President’s recommendation
-Contacts
-Governors

-Mayors

-Relations with Laird

-Advisement


Laird
-Mail

-Letters

-Telegrams

-Importance

Harlow
-Role on White House staff

-Start date

-Timing


Laird
-Forthcoming conversations
-Timmons, Roy L. Ash, Cole, Haig, Harlow

Congressional relations
-Texas bill signing, June 19, 1973
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-7 (cont’d)

-George H. Mahon

-Ash’s view

-Legislation

-Effect of budget efforts

-Republican Congressional leaders

-Views

-Compromise

-Options

-Positions

-Possible vetoes

-Minimum wage

- Department of Health, Education and Welfare [HEW] legislation
-Ash’s views
-Possible vetoes
-Meetings with constituents

An unknown man entered at an unknown time after 3:38 pm.

Refreshment

-Coffee, tea


The unknown man left at an unknown time before 4:30 pm.

Laird domestic policy

-Domestic Council

-Divisions

-Forthcoming conversations

-Ash

-Caspar W. (“Cap”) Weinberger

-Divisions

-Weinberger’s view compared with Ash’s

-Wage and price freeze

-Phase IV
-Forthcoming conversation
-George P. Shultz, Herbert Stein, John T. Dunlop

National economy
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-7 (cont’d)

-President’s program
-Phase IV
-60-day freeze
-Phase III
-Food
-Laird’s role
-Shultz’s view
-Duration of freeze
-30, 40, 60 days

-Inflation

-Political implications

-Briefing papers

-Duration of freeze
-Views of Laird, Connally, Ash
-90-day freeze
-Laird’s schedule
-Meetings with economic advisors
-Wage negotiations
-Frank E. Fitzsimmons’s view
-Teamsters union
-Paul Hall’s view
-Impact of freeze
-Early end to freeze
-Benefit
-Food prices
-Progress
-Economic Stabilization Act
-Possible amendment

-Exports

-Supplies

-Arthur Burns’s view
-Taxes
-Taxes
-Possible Congressional action
-Congressional philosophy
-Views of Stein, Shultz, and Dunlop
-William E. Simon
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-7 (cont’d)

-Views

-Fiscal and political sensibilities

-Relationships

-Wilbur D. Mills

-Laird’s conversation with Mills

-Burns

-President’s schedule

-Views

-President’s August 15, 1971 action

-Gold convertibility

-Ideology

-Feasibility

-Political acumen

-Capitol Hill

-Flexible investment tax credit

-Practicality

-Political climate

-Forced savings
-Germany’s experience

-Matching funds from employers

-Pay raises

-Burns

-President’s program

-Confidence

-Business community

-Political climate

-Phase IV

-Laird’s participation

Connally
-Laird’s forthcoming dinner
-Schedule
-California

-Gas fuel

-Meeting with President

-Role on White House staff

-Energy

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-7 (cont’d)

-National economy

-Influence

-Simon, Ash

-Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board

-Cabinet

-Skills

-Salesmanship

-Political judgment

-Reading of stock market


National economy
-President program
-Support for President

-Shultz

-Stein

-Dunlop

-Ability

-Shultz

-Speech

-Connally’s role

-Economic confindence


Connally
-Conversation with Haig
-Enthusiasm
-Possible activities

National economy
-President’s program
-Response
-Stock market
-Possible Congressional action
-60-day freeze
-60-day freeze
-Support for program

-President

-Haig

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-7 (cont’d)

-Connally
-Ash
-Political assessment
-Duration of freeze
-Food, gasoline
-60-day freeze
-Implications of 30-day freeze
-Views of Shultz, Stein, and Dunlop
-Laird’s role
-Support for 60-day freeze
-Haig’s forthcoming conversation with Shultz
-Farm prices
-Weather
-Modification
-Possible freeze
-Unprocessed farm products
-President’s program
-Connally’s possible role, Laird’s role
-Success
-Status
-Housewives’ view
-Economic health
-Compared to other nations

John A. Love
-Possible role in administration
-Forthcoming conversations
-Wife
-Travel to Washington, DC
-Haig
-Title options
-Czar
-Energy director

Energy
-Cabinet committee
-Rogers C. B. Morton, Simon
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-7 (cont’d)

-Defense Department, State Department

-Simon’s policy committee

-Treasury Department

-Staff organization

-Morton, Simon Shultz

Shultz
-Responsibilities
-Durability
-Work ethic

-Laird’s role

-Sensitivities

-Forthcoming meeting with Russians


Connally
-Forthcoming dinner with Laird
-President’s schedule
-California

-Staff harmony

-Statements concerning Ziegler

-Views concerning White House staff


White House staff
-Ziegler

-President’s assessment

-Briefing Books

-President’s schedule

-Ziegler’s role
-4th of July in Cheyenne, Wyoming; Milk Producers function, press
conferences
-Laird
-Contacts with press

-Open interviews

-Background interviews

-Television [TV]

-Connally

-Hugh S. Sidey

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-7 (cont’d)

-Importance

-Telephone calls on Cabinet

-Contacts with press

-Ziegler

-Forthcoming meeting with Walter Washington

-Meeting locations

-Officials

-Congress

-Contacts with press

-Timing

-Schedule

-Economic and energy matters

-Budget

-San Clemente

-Media

-Conversations with Haig and Ziegler

-Importance

-Public presence


Brezhnev’s visit
-Agenda

-Agreements

-Camp David

-Summit results

Laird
-Role on White House staff

-Response

-President’s schedule


President’s schedule
-Weekly meeting
-Laird, Harlow, Haig, Ziegler

Harlow
-Role on White House staff
-Timmons’s role
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. July-2011)

Conversation No. 945-7 (cont’d)

-Congress
-Administration’s appointments
-Judicial appointments
-Laird’s meeting with Senators
-Interaction with Laird, Haig, Ziegler

White House staff

-Meeting schedule

-Senior staff

-Henry A. Kissinger

-Sensitivities


Brezhnev visit

-Agreements

-Kissinger’s role


Shultz [?]

Laird and Haig left at 4:30 pm.
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