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949–12
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Alexander M. Haig
  • UNKNOWN
  • Ronald L. Ziegler
  • Walter R. Tkach
July 12, 1973
Conversation No. 949-12

Date: July 12, 1973
Time: Unknown between 5:09 pm and 8:22 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Alexander M. Haig, Jr.


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Conversation No. 949-12 (cont’d)

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President’s schedule

-President’s health

-Medical test


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President’s schedule

-Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital

-Meetings

-Statement on national economy

-Paper


Watergate
-Access to files
-Senators’ possible response
-Carl T. Curtis
-William E. Timmons
-Creativity
-Barry M. Goldwater, Sr.
-White House response
-Decisions on Vietnam War
-Cambodia, December 1972 bombing
-Ervin Committee’s possible demand
-House Un-American Activities Committee [HUAC]’s
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Conversation No. 949-12 (cont’d)

1953 subpeona to Harry S. Truman
-White House staff response

-Melvin R. Laird

-Bryce N. Harlow

-Samuel Dash
-Possible White House selection
-Richard A. Moore
-Ervin Committee statement

-John W. Dean, III

-President’s knowledge

-Previous attack by Dean

-Meeting with Dean regarding President’s knowledge

-Rose Mary Woods

-Dean
-Conversation with President

-White House staff involvement

-Full disclosure

-Dean’s possible testimony

-Access to files
-J. Fred Buzhardt, Jr.’s search for precedents
-Archibald Cox
-Possible removal
-Ronald L. Ziegler’s press briefing
-President’s contacts with Samuel J. Ervin, Jr.
-Letter ,telephone conversation
-President’s conversation with Ervin
-Ervin’s reaction
-White House response
-Elliot L. Richardson
-Goldwater
-Access to President

-Harlow

-Ziegler

-Edward J. Gurney’s possible meeting with Laird
-Ziegler’s press briefing
-President’s forthcoming meeting with Ervin
-Ziegler’s schedule
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Conversation No. 949-12 (cont’d)


An unknown man entered at an unknown time after 5:09 pm.

Request for Ziegler

The unknown man left at an unknown time before 5:23 pm.

President’s health

-Track record during Presidency

-President’s schedule

-Announcement
-Forthcoming economic package of Phase IV controls
-Walter Reed Hospital visit
-Radio address
-State Dinner
-Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
-Spiro T. Agnew
-Visitors to hospital

Ziegler entered at 5:23 pm.

Watergate

-President’s conversation with Ervin

-Leaks

-Newspaper column

-White House response

-Ervin Committee leaks

-Florida

-Goldwater’s statements

-George H. W. Bush

-Conversation with Harlow
-Possible travel
-President’s conversation with Ervin
-President’s schedule
-Wire service coverage
-Ervin Committee staff
-Howard H. Baker, Jr.
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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Conversation No. 949-12 (cont’d)

-Ervin
-Possible subpeona of President
-Access to files
-Access to files
-President’s July 6, 1973 statement
-Perception of compromise
-President’s schedule
-Ervin
-News leads
-Moore
-Ervin Committee testimony
-Statement
-Cross-examination by Terry F. Lenzner
-International Telephone and Telegraph [ITT]
-Mitchell
-Ervin’s comment to Dash
-President’s conversation with Ervin
-Ervin Committee’s goal
-Leonard Garment
-Meeting with unknown group, July 12, 1973
-President’s schedule
-Ervin
-Timing
-Press coverage
-Location
-Baker
-President’s conversation with William E. Timmons
-Access to files
-Cox
-Buzhardt’s views
-Constitutional issue
-Haig’s view
-Possible removal
-Possible selective release
-Laird, Harlow, Goldwater
-Gerald L. Warren’s press briefing
-Story, July 12, 1973
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Conversation No. 949-12 (cont’d)

-Rowland Evans, Robert D. Novak
-Gurney
-White House staff reaction
-Laird, Harlow
-Dean, Mitchell, Moore
-Possible allegations against President
-Possible selective release
-Possible allegations
-Dash
-Dean
-September 15, 1972 meeting with President and H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman
-Ervin
-Treatment of witnesses
-Mitchell

-Conversation with President

-Michael Gravel

-Ervin Committee

-Relations with White House
-Garment


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President’s schedule
-President’s health

-X-ray

-Viral pneumonia


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President’s health

-Electrocardiogram

-Publicity

-X-ray

-Naval clinic

-Publicity

-Leaks

-Announcement

-Viral pneumonia

-Public relations [PR]


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An unknown man entered at an unknown time after 5:23 pm.

Request for Dr. Walter R. Tkach

The unknown man left at an unknown time before 5:44 pm.

President’s health

-Announcement

-X-ray
-Results
-Privacy
-Prognosis
-Potential Bethesda Naval Hospital visit
-Privacy of X-ray visit

Tkach entered at 5:44 pm.

President’s schedule

-Naval Medical Clinic visit

-Timing

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Conversation No. 949-12 (cont’d)

-Security, visibility


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President’s health

-Diagnosis

-Examination, X-ray

-Extent of condition

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Public relations [PR]

-President’s health

-Possible hospital visit
-Diagnosis
-Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital compared to Bethesda Naval
Medical Center
-Timing
-Announcement
-Projection of heart attack, stroke
-Press reaction
-Perception of national calamity
-Compared to other presidents
-Stroke, diabetes [?], heart attack
-Lyndon B. Johnson
-Announcement
-Tkach
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Conversation No. 949-12 (cont’d)

-Content
-Statement
-Prognosis
-Symptoms
-Camp David compared to hospital, White House
-Weather
-Announcement
-Wording
-Symptoms
-Viral pneumonia
-Diagnosis
-Lung damage
-Influenza
-Virus
-Fever
-President’s location while sick

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President’s health

-General wellbeing

-Possible hospital visit

-Attendants
-Military personnel [?]
-Manolo Sanchez
-Immediate departure
-Need for diagnosis
-Announcement
-Symptoms
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


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Conversation No. 949-12 (cont’d)

-Undetermined diagnosis
-Escalation of rumors
-Need for private X-ray at naval clinic
-PR
-Hospital visits due to viruses
-Diagnosis
-Appearance of tiredness
-Hospital visit

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Presidency

-President’s opponents’ goals

-Press relations

-President’s obituary

The President left at 5:59 pm.

PR
-Announcement regarding President’s health
-Hospital
-Tkach [?]
-President’s recent appearance
-Tired eyes [?]
-Honesty
-Credibility
-Timing of President’s illness
-Tkach’s night visit and diagnosis

The tape cut off at an unknown time before 8:22 pm.
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Conversation No. 949-13 (cont’d)
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