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Conversation: 002-021

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Start Date: Wednesday, April 21, 1971 12:45 AM

End Date: Wednesday, April 21, 1971 12:57 AM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Colson, Charles W.

Recording Device: White House Telephone

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:22:11

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 00:35:15

002-021.mp3

NARA Description:

On April 20, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon and Charles W. Colson talked on the telephone from 7:45 pm to 7:57 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 002-021 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 2-21

Date: April 20, 1971
Time: 7:45 pm - 7:57 pm
Location: White House Telephone

The President talked with Charles W. Colson.

     William B. Saxbe
          -Television appearance
          -Paul N. (“Pete”) McCloskey, Jr.

     President's Williamsburg speech
          -Reaction
          -Welfare reform
                 -Health Education and Welfare [HEW]

     Colson’s schedule
          -Meeting with hardhats
                -President’s recommendation

[Transcript #1: A transcript of the following portion of this conversation was prepared under
court order from December 1978 through March 1979 for Special Access 8, Ronald V. Dellums,
et al. v. James M. Powell, et al., No. 71-2271. The National Archives and Records
Administration produced this transcript. The National Archives does not guarantee its accuracy.]

[End of transcript]
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                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. 9/08)



Veterans
     -Reports
           -Infiltrators
                  -Stories
                        -Press
                  -Associated Press [AP] reporter
                  -Baltimore Sun reporter
                  -Young people                                  Conv. No. 2-21 (cont.)
                  -Encourage media coverage
     -Press stories
           -Non veterans
     -Joint press conference
           -Veterans of Foreign War [VFW]
           -American Legion
           -Don Johnson’s briefing April 21, 1971
     -Television
     -Richards A. Moore
     -Colson’s view

Anti-trust
     -Television
           -Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS]
                -Providence rally
                      -Size
                -Dan Rather
                -Saxbe
                -Colson’s actions
                      -Lawsuit
                -President’s discussions with John N. Mitchell

Edward M. (“Ted”) Kennedy’s hearings
    -McCloskey
    -William H. Sullivan
          -Department of State
    -Saxbe

President's meeting with Republican Senators
     -Colson's conversation with Clark MacGregor
     -Howard H. Baker, Jr.
     -Edward J. Gurney
     -Vietnam
     -MacGregor
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                             NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                        Tape Subject Log
                                           (rev. 9/08)



                   -Support for President
                   -Polls
             -Reaction
             -MacGregor
             -Economy
             -People's Republic of China [PRC] initiative
             -President's speech, April 7, 1971
             -Polls                                                      Conv. No. 2-21 (cont.)
             -Colson’s forthcoming actions
                   -Support for President
             -John G. Tower
             -Henry L. Bellmon
             -Baker, Gurney
                   -"Doves"

     National mood
          -Lt. William L. Calley, Jr.

     President's meeting with Republican senators
          -President's leadership

[Transcript #2: A transcript of the following portion of this conversation was prepared under
court order from December 1978 through March 1979 for Special Access 8, Ronald V. Dellums,
et al. v. James M. Powell, et al., No. 71-2271. The National Archives and Records
Administration produced this transcript. The National Archives does not guarantee its accuracy.]

[End of transcript]

     Demonstrators
         -Democratic leaders
              -PRC initiative
              -Edmund S. Muskie
              -George McGovern
              -Hubert H. Humphrey

     Economy

     Polls
             -Phone calls
             -H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman
                  -Colson
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 9/08)