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Start Date: Wednesday, June 6, 1973 5:09 PM

End Date: Wednesday, June 6, 1973 5:38 PM

Participants:

White House operatorNixon, Richard M. (President)Colson, Charles W.Bull, Stephen B.

Recording Device: White House Telephone

039-106.mp3

NARA Description:

On June 6, 1973, White House operator, President Richard M. Nixon, Charles W. Colson, and Stephen B. Bull talked on the telephone from 1:09 pm to 1:38 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 039-106 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 39-106

Date: June 6, 1973
Time: 1:09 pm - 1:38 pm
Location: White House Telephone

The White House operator talked with the President.

       Incoming telephone call

The President talked with Charles W. Colson.

[See also Conversation No. 443-6A]

Greetings

The President conferred with Stephen B. Bull at an unknown time.

[Begin conferral]

[See Conversation No. 443-6]

[End conferral]
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           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                             Tape Subject Log
                            (rev. February-2011)

                                                    Conversation No. 39-106 (cont’d)

President’s schedule

Watergate
      -Colson’s interview with Howard K. Smith 

              -President’s schedule             

              -Press coverage              

                      -News summary               

      -Alexander M. Haig, Jr.’s view

      -President’s schedule             

              -Dinner         

      -Popular reaction          

      -Press attacks on President 

              -Daniel L. Schorr’s lead story on Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS],
               June 5
                      -President’s knowledge
                               -John D. Ehrlichman’s implication
                               -Jeb Stuart Magruder’s testimony
                                          -Gordon C. Strachan’s statement
                                          -President’s contacts with Strachan
              -James W. McCord, Jr.

                      -Memoirs               

                      -Lawyer’s motive

      -President’s foreign policy activities in 1972
      -Wiretapping          

              -Lawrence F. O’Brien

              -President’s reaction, June 19              

              -White House staff involvement                

      -John W. Dean, III
              -Contacts with President              

                      -L[ouis] Patrick Gray’s confirmation              

                      -Executive privilege              

                               -Press conferences

              -Immunity           

      -Colson’s conversation with President, March 21

              -President’s investigation              

      -President’s conversation with Dean, March 21 

              -$1,000,000             

              -Clemency             

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    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                      Tape Subject Log
                     (rev. February-2011)

                                            Conversation No. 39-106 (cont’d)

-Dean
        -Possible testimony         

                -Colson’s conversation with Joseph W. Alsop        

                -J. Fred Buzhardt, Jr.’s view of press treatment 

        -Public opinion         

        -Contacts with President          

-Colson’s interview with Smith, June 5
        -Dean’s knowledge
        -President’s investigation
        -President’s conversation with Colson, March 21
                -David Shapiro’s investigation
                        -E. Howard Hunt, Jr.         

        -Colson’s meeting with President, April 13

        -Timing of immunity request           

                -Dean        

        -President’s investigation          

        -Goals of opponents          

-White House staff
-Colson’s interview with Smith, June 5
        -Reaction

                -West Coasters         

                -John Stafford         

        -Colson’s conversation with Max Friedersdorf
                -Delivery of transcript to Congress         

                        -Impeachment inquiry

                        -Samuel L. Devine          

-Wiretaps
        -Robert F. (“Bobby”) Kennedy compared with Dwight D. Eisenhower and
         the President
                -New York Times and Washington Post
-Press coverage
        -Colson’s interview with Smith, June 5 

                -Baltimore Sun

                -Washington Post and New York Times

        -Motives
        -Colson’s conversation with unknown New York Times reporter
-Dean
        -Possible White House response
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    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                      Tape Subject Log
                     (rev. February-2011)

                                             Conversation No. 39-106 (cont’d)

               -Haig’s assessment
       -Possible testimony
               -Lawyers
                       -Charles N. Shaffer
                               -“McGovern Democrat”
-Cover-up
       -White House staff’s intentions
-Colson’s interview with Smith, June 5
       -President’s advisors
       -President’s knowledge
       -President’s investigation
               -Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI]     

       -Smith’s reaction

       -Reaction

               -Irv Kupcinet
                       -Request for interview
               -CBS
                       -Timing
               -New York Times
-Hugh Scott’s statement, June 5
       -Press coverage
               -New York Times and Washington Post
-Press
       -Goals
       -Dean
               -James B. (“Scotty”) Reston
-Dean
       -Role
               -Magruder         

       -Possible documents           

       -Possible testimony         

               -Conversations with President
       -Conversations with President
               -Richard A. Moore, H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman, and Ehrlichman’s
                presence
               -Content
-Howard H. Baker, Jr.
       -Assistant’s call to Colson, June 5
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    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                       Tape Subject Log
                      (rev. February-2011)

                                                Conversation No. 39-106 (cont’d)

        -Actions
                -Possible actions
-Popular opinion
-Dean
        -Forthcoming Ervin Committee testimony
-Ervin Committee hearings
        -Popular opinion            

                -Interest in testimony        

                -Women’s interest

        -Press reaction
-Pat O’Hara’s call to Colson, June 6
        -John Mulcahy
-Possible actions of former staff members
        -Colson, Haldeman, and Ehrlichman
-Press coverage
        -Ehrlichman’s deposition
-Colson
        -Ervin Committee hearings           

                -Possible accusations against him         

                -Actions          

                -President’s knowledge           

        -Conversations with President
-Dean
        -Role
        -Conversations with President
                -President’s reaction
                        -Conversations with Colson
                                 -Telephone call, March 21
                                 -Telephone call to Colson in Boston, April 12
                        -Colson’s subsequent meeting with Shapiro and
                         Ehrlichman
                        -Ehrlichman’s subsequent meeting with Haldeman and
                         Dean
                        -Dean’s subsequent meeting with United States attorney
        -Conversation with prosecutors
                -G[eorge] Gordon Liddy, Magruder
-White House response
        -President’s activities
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                   NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


                                     Tape Subject Log 

                                    (rev. February-2011)

                                                           Conversation No. 39-106 (cont’d)

                             -Florida Technical University commencement
                             -Dirksen Research Center
                             -National economy
                             -Leonid I. Brezhnev’s forthcoming visit
              -Press

                     -Attitude

                     -White House response           

                     -Public reaction        

              -White House response          

                     -National economy

                     -Defense of President       

              -Colson’s interview with Smith, June 5
                     -Colson’s conversation with Lyndon K. (“Mort”) Allin
                     -Friedersdorf’s reaction
                     -Dissemination of reaction
              -Barry M. Goldwater, Sr. 

                     -Possible actions         

                     -Relationship with Dean           

                             -Barry M. Goldwater, Jr.

              -Popular opinion         

                     -Compared with Vietnam              

                             -Press coverage       

              -Colson’s interview with Smith, June 5 

                     -Unknown man’s call to Colson 

                     -Congress