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Start Date: 20-Apr-1973 11:32 AM

End Date: 20-Apr-1973 11:40 AM


Nixon, Richard M. (President)Petersen, Henry E.

Recording Device: White House Telephone


NARA Description:

On April 20, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon and Henry E. Petersen talked on the telephone from 11:32 am to 11:40 am. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 038-129 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 38-129

Date: April 20, 1973
Time: 11:32 am - 11:40 am
Location: White House Telephone

The President talked with Henry E. Petersen.

[See also Conversation No. 903-11]


          -Ronald L. Ziegler’s statement to press 

                -Petersen’s conversations with President concerning grand jury 

          -John N. Mitchell        

                -Grand jury testimony        

          -Need to accelerate Grand jury’s activities
                -Statements by Jeb Stuart Magruder and John W. Dean, III
          -Mitchell’s testimony before grand jury
          -Lie detector tests      


                -Gordon C. Strachan        


                      -Status of negotiations
                -Distinction between roles as counsel and as conspirator


                                      Tape Subject Log 

                                     (rev. January-2011)

                                                           Conversation No. 38-129 (cont’d)

                 -Disclosure of information
                 -Possible legal culpability    

           -Executive privilege       

           -Petersen’s conversation with Richard G. Kleindienst 

                 -Magruder’s departure from Commerce Department
                       -Compared with Dean and H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman
           -President’s schedule        

           -Cooperation by White House staff