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Start Date: 31-Dec-1972 7:34 PM
End Date: 31-Dec-1972 7:44 PM
Participants:Nixon, Richard M. (President); Colson, Charles W.;
Recording Device: White House Telephone
On December 31, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Charles W. Colson talked on the telephone from 7:34 pm to 7:44 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 035-040 of the White House Tapes.
Nixon Library Finding Aid:
Conversation No. 35-40 Date: December 31, 1972 Time: 7:34 pm - 7:44 pm Location: White House Telephone The President talked with Charles W. Colson. Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboys game -Colson’s viewing -Baltimore television [TV] station -Post-game celebration -Colson’s view -1972 Presidential election -George E. Allen -The President's attempt to reach Allen -Duke Ziebert's restaurant -Edward Bennett Williams -Allen -Support for the President -Redskins -Larry Brown -Billy Kilmer -Jack Pardee -Charley Taylor -Cowboys -Lance Alworth -Bob Hayes -Ron Sellers -Calvin Hill -Compared to Brown -Yale University career -Redskins style -Defense -Hitting -The President’s view -Brown fumble -Compared to 1972 election Henry A. Kissinger -42- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Oct.-07) Conversation No. 35-40 (cont’d) -James B. (“Scotty”) Reston article, “Nixon and Kissinger” -Source investigation -Instruction for Colson -John A. Scali -Reason for possible leak -Reston’s status -Establishment -Messages in Vietnam negotiations -William H. Sullivan -State Department -Possible ambassadorship to Philippines -Kissinger -Source investigation -Record of telephone calls -White House operators -Stephen B. Bull -Signal Corps officer -White House operators -The President’s instructions -Kissinger telephone calls -Private telephone -White House switchboard -Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] involvement -Views on war -Kissinger’s negotiations with North Vietnam -Historical stature of Kissinger -“Peace is at hand” statement -Effect on negotiations -US bargaining position -National security issues -New York Times -The President’s view -George P. Shultz -Economic issues -Conversations with Kissinger and staff -Post-December 11, 1972 -Colson’s recent conversation with Kissinger -Max Frankel -Reston article -43- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Oct.-07) Conversation No. 35-40 (cont’d) -Source investigation -Confronting Kissinger -Effect -Discretion -Schedule -Scali -Herbert G. Klein -Ronald L. Ziegler -Previous conversation with Colson -Conversation with Kissinger -“Hawk,” “dove” -Morale -Debating points -Timing -Interview with Marvin L. Kalb -Reston article -Effect -Negotiations in Paris -Settlement agreement -Conclusion -Statements -Timing -Settlement agreement -Conclusion -Statement by the President -Colson’s recent conversation with Kissinger Allen -Ziebert’s -White House operator