Secret White House Tapes

948–18

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948–18
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Ronald L. Ziegler
July 11, 1973
Conversation No. 948-18

Date: July 11, 1973
Time: 5:16 pm - 5:41 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Ronald L. Ziegler.

Watergate

-Ervin Committee hearings

-John N. Mitchell’s testimony

-Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.’s questioning
-White House response
-Samuel J. Ervin, Jr.
-Members
-Ziegler’s opinion

-Mitchell’s testimony

-White House response

-Mitchell’s testimony

-William White’s characterization
-Witness schedule

-Charles W. Colson

-Timing

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. November-2012)

Conversation No. 948-18 (cont’d)

-White’s article [?]
-President’s conversation with John B. Connally
-Democrats’ strategy
-Possible popular reaction
-President’s possible response
-September
-Archibald Cox
-Special Prosecutor
-Elliot L. Richardson
-White House response
-Removal

-Justice Department

-Legacy
-News leads
-Ervin Committee hearings
-Mitchell’s testimony
-Weicker’s questioning
-Colson’s rumor regarding Mitchell and Weicker
-“Spirit of cooperation”
-Connally’s view
-White House response
-White House response
-Power of the Presidency
-Judicious use
-Press coverage
-William L. Safire
-New York Times
-Investigative team
-John W. Dean, III
-Expectations of President’s opponents

-Allen Drury’s book, Courage and Hesitation

-New York Times

-Independence
-Editorial

-Washington Star

-Press relations

-Press conference
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. November-2012)

Conversation No. 948-18 (cont’d)

-Tactics
-Ziegler’s hypothetical conversation with Art Taylor
-Anti-trust issue
-Mitchell’s testimony
-Network TV coverage

Cable TV
-President’s position

National economy
-President’s package of Phase IV economic controls
-Announcement
-Alexander M. Haig, Jr.’s conversation with President
-Melvin R. Laird, Bryce N. Harlow, George P. Shultz
-Joint session of Congress
-Compared with Harry S. Truman’s action as President
-Election year

Public relations [PR] campaign
-Timing of domestic tour
-President’s statements
-Framework

-Content

-National economy

-Effectiveness of message

-Foreign policy

-Public reaction

-Safire’s views

-Public reaction

-President’s radio speeches in 1967 and 1968

-Press reaction

-Lyndon B. Johnson

-Presidency

-Watergate

-Status as issue

-Public perception

-Safire’s view

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. November-2012)

Conversation No. 948-18 (cont’d)

-White House campaign
-President’s economic package, foreign policy
-Need for philosophical base
-President’s philosophy

-Timing

-Domestic tour

-Connally’s schedule

-Speaking tour


Press relations

-Watergate

-Press expectation

-President’s withdrawal

-Press conference

-White House strategy
-Receptions, White House correspondents, Gridiron dinners
-Press conference
-Availability
-White

Ziegler left at 5:41 pm.
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