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Start Date: 3-Jun-1973 6:07 PM
End Date: 3-Jun-1973 6:36 PM
Participants:Nixon, Richard M. (President); Ziegler, Ronald L.;
Recording Device: White House Telephone
On June 3, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon and Ronald L. Ziegler talked on the telephone from 6:07 pm to 6:36 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 039-037 of the White House Tapes.
Nixon Library Finding Aid:
Conversation No. 39-37 Date: June 3, 1973 Time: 6:07 pm - 6:36 pm Location: White House Telephone The President talked with Ronald L. Ziegler. Watergate -J. Fred Buzhardt, Jr.’s forthcoming meeting with Hugh Scott -Ervin Committee hearings -Press relations -Leaks to columnists -Richard (“Dick”) Wilson -John W. Dean, III -Credibility -Spiro T. Agnew’s possible speech -Patrick J. Buchanan -Ervin Committee hearings -Dean story, June 3 -President’s previous meeting with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman -Ziegler’s contacts with Haldeman -Dean -Statements concerning meetings with President -Meetings with and calls from President -Number and timing -Subjects discussed -Press conference -President’s call on Easter -Nature of remarks -Ziegler -Content -Contacts with President -Personal nature -Attorney-client relationship -Meeting, April 16 -Immunity -President’s conversations with Henry E. Petersen -32- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. February-2011) Conversation No. 39-37 (cont’d) -Meetings with President -President’s orders -Cover-up activities -March 21 -William O. Bittman’s demand -Haldeman -President’s reaction -Possible clemency -Ziegler’s and Buzhardt’s knowledge -Haldeman’s findings -Dean -Statement -Taping of telephone calls -White House sources -Richard A. Moore and Leonard Garment -Likelihood -Files -Copying -Access -Haldeman’s statements -Ziegler’s possible telephone call to Buzhardt -Copying -Alexander M. Haig, Jr.’s access -Statements -Effect -Popular opinion -Credibility -Haldeman’s and John D. Ehrlichman’s forthcoming testimony -White House response -Ziegler’s meeting, June 3 -Wilson’s column -Scott -Possible content of leaks to press -Files -Access -Copying -Contents -Chronologies, memoranda of conversations [memcons] -33- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. February-2011) Conversation No. 39-37 (cont’d) -Access -Contents -President’s meetings -Compared with Ehrlichman, Haldeman and John N. Mitchell -Access -Tenure -Haig -Statement -Timing -Ervin Committee -White House response -President’s meeting with Haldeman -Meeting between President, Dean, and Haldeman, March 21 -Meetings with President -April 16 -National security -Number -Attorney-client relationship -Garment -Telephone calls from President -Immunity -President’s motives -Meetings with President -President’s orders -Possible testimony -Meeting with President, March 21 -President’s reaction -Justice Department -Role -Ehrlichman’s investigation -Conversation with Petersen -Haldeman and Ehrlichman -Forthcoming testimony -Haldeman’s recap -Reaction to White House staff members -Buzhardt and Garment -34- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. February-2011) Conversation No. 39-37 (cont’d) -Loyalty to President -Haig, Ziegler -John J. Wilson -Anti-Semitism -White House treatment compared with Dean’s -Access to papers -Buzhardt, Garment -Access to papers -Procedures -Possible effect of release -Compared with Lt. Gen. Vernon A. Walters’s memoranda of conversation [memcons] -White House response -Leaks to columnists -Press briefings -Ziegler’s previous conversation with Haig -Gerald L. Warren -Ziegler’s schedule -Personnel appointments, Vietnam -Ziegler’s role -Herbert G. Klein announcement -Changes in Ziegler’s role -Haig’s opinon -Melvin R. Laird, Warren -Klein announcement -Communications Office, Office of Press Secretary -Ziegler’s role -Laird announcement -Haig’s assessment -Dean -Statements -Motive -Content -White House response -Chronologies -Bipartisan Congressional leadership [?] -Bryce N. Harlow and Laird -White House response -35- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. February-2011) Conversation No. 39-37 (cont’d) -Ziegler, Haig, Garment, and Buzhardt