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Start Date: Monday, January 1, 1973 12:34 AM

End Date: Monday, January 1, 1973 12:44 AM

Participants:

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

Recording Device: White House Telephone

035-040.mp3

NARA Description:

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