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Conversation: 022-013

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Start Date: Friday, March 24, 1972 5:54 PM

End Date: Friday, March 24, 1972 6:12 PM

Participants:

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

Recording Device: White House Telephone

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:34:02

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 00:51:47

022-013.mp3

NARA Description:

On March 24, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Charles W. Colson talked on the telephone from 12:54 pm to 1:12 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 022-013 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 22-13

Date: March 24, 1972
Time: 12:54 pm - 1:12 pm
Location: White House Telephone

The President talked with Charles W. Colson.

[See Conversation No. 326-16]

     International Telephone and Telegraph [ITT] case
           -The President’s upcoming press conference
                 -Latest developments
                       -President’s statements
                 -Administration’s antitrust record
                       -Colson’s memorandum
                             -Patrick J. Buchanan
                             -Alger Hiss case
           -Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] file
           -Period of greatest growth
                 -John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson administrations
           -FBI report
                 -Letter
                       -Contradiction of experts’ finding
                       -Other tests
                             -White House instigated
                             -Possible results
           -ITT press conference of experts
                 -Colson
                       -Date
           -Tests
                 -FBI
                 -ITT
                       -Pearl L. Tytell test
                       -Walter McCrone test
                 -McCrone
                       -Meeting with FBI on March 24, 1972
                       -John D. Ehrlichman
                 -FBI
                       -Leak of story
                                         12

                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                 Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. 10/06)



                      -Results of test on Dita D. Beard memorandum
          -ITT strategy
                -Timetable
                      -FBI conclusions
                -Colson’s advice
                      -Unknown Senators’ trip to Denver
     -The President’s strategy
     -Beard
     -FBI tests
     -James O. Eastland
          -Response
          -Department of Justice
          -Committee hearings
                -Beard
          -Hugh Scott
          -John N. Mitchell

Section 315 vote on suspension of equal time requirements for the Presidential election
     -Eastland’s vote
     -Previous vote
     -Howard H. Baker, Jr. Amendment
           -Defeat in Senate
           -Previous vote
           -Partisanship
                 -Democrats
                       -Publicity
                             -Kenneth W. Clawson
     -The President’s press conference
           -Possible question
                 -Response
     -Repeal
     -Number of candidates
           -Debates
           -Television networks
                 -Free television time
     -Congressional limitations on spending in presidential campaigns
     -Possible veto
           -Public response
                 -Tax check off
           -Free television time
           -Draft of veto message by Colson
                                             13

                         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)




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    The President’s statement on George Meany, March 23, 1972
         -Public response
         -Network coverage
               -H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman
         -Statements on the President’s statement
               -Edward M. Kennedy
               -Michael J. Mansfield
               -Hugh Scott
               -Gerald R. Ford
               -Jacob K. Javits
               -Support for the President
                     -Haldeman
                     -Donald H. Rumsfeld

    The President’s instructions to Colson
         -Letters to Time and Newsweek
               -Cover story
         -Letters to networks
               -Busing issue
               -Effectiveness
               -Timing
               -Telephone calls
         -Busing issue
         -Time and Newsweek
               -Number of letters
               -Letters to Time
                     -Clifford Irving hoax
                     -Cover story
                     -Spiro T. Agnew
                                       14

                    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                               Tape Subject Log
                                 (rev. 10/06)



               -Jack N. Anderson compared to Irving

ITT case
     -Unknown action of Colson
          -The President’s support
          -Beard
          -Document
          -Colson
     -Public response
          -Memorandum to the President
                -Mail to Congressmen
     -Effect
          -Source of information
          -California
                -San Diego
     -Duration of publicity
     -Anderson
          -Roman L. Hruska statements
                -Anderson compared with Louella Parsons
                -News coverage
     -White House instructions to Republican Congressmen

Labor
     -Meany statement
           -Network coverage
                -Timing with Consumer Price Index [CPI]
                -The President’s view
     -Frank E. Fitzsimmons
           -Request for call to Colson
                -Leaks in Bureau of Labor Statistics [BLS]
                      -CPI
                            -Meany
                      -Officials
                            -Colson’s view
                      -George P. Shultz
                      -Geoffrey H. Moore
                            -The President’s view
                            -Colson’s view
                      -Arthur F. Burns
     -John B. Connally
           -Appearances
     -Split between Building Trades Council and American Federation of Labor –
                                               15

                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)



           Congress of Industrial Organizations [AFL-CIO]
                -George Meany
                -Effects
           Messages to Congressmen and Senators
           -Donald H. Rumsfeld
                -Connally
           -Herbert Stein
           -Democrats and Meany
           -Louis P. Harris poll
                -Attitude towards Meany
                -Timing of release of poll
                -Wage increases compared to stabilized prices

     Fourteenth Amendment
          -Court interpretation
          -Racial balance
          -Busing