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Start Date: Thursday, June 7, 1973 12:46 AM

End Date: Thursday, June 7, 1973 1:07 AM

Participants:

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

Recording Device: White House Telephone

039-129.mp3

NARA Description:

On June 6, 1973, White House operator, President Richard M. Nixon, and Charles W. Colson talked on the telephone from 8:46 pm to 9:07 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 039-129 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 39-129

Date: June 6, 1973
Time: 8:46 pm - 9:07 pm
Location: White House Telephone

The White House operator talked with the President.

         Incoming telephone call

The President talked with Charles W. Colson.


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               -Colson’s interview with Howard K. Smith, June 5 

                      -Tricia Nixon Cox’s conversation with President 


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         Watergate
               -Colson’s interview with Smith, June 5
                       -Reaction
                              -Albert E. Sindlinger
                              -American International Brotherhood of Teamsters negotiating
                               meeting
                              -Newspapers
                                     -Washington Post and New York Times
               -Press coverage
                       -Wiretaps by previous administrations
                              -Washington Post and New York Times
                       -Motives
                              -Colson’s interview with Smith
               -Colson’s possible Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS] interview
                       -Timing
                       -Compared with National Broadcasting Company [NBC], Today Show
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    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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                                               Conversation No. 39-129 (cont’d)

-Colson’s meeting with Congressmen
-Popular opinion of President
       -Telephone calls to Colson’s office
       -John N. Mitchell’s role
       -Cover-up
-John W. Dean, III
       -Possible allegations regarding President
       -Conversation with President, March 21
               -William O. Bittman
-Bittman
       -Conversation with Colson
       -President’s conversation with Dean, March 21
                      -$120,000
                              -Receipt of funds
-Dean
       -Credibility

               -New York Times, Washington Post

               -Archibald Cox and Samuel J. Ervin, Jr. 

               -Colson’s law partners’ opinion       

               -Colson’s interview with Smith, June 5 

                      -Transcripts
       -Possible allegations         

               -Motives        

               -White House response           

       -Role in White House
       -Possible immunity          

               -Opinion of Earl J. Silbert and Seymour Glanzer 

               -Cox’s view

-Cox
       -Possible examination of President’s papers
               -Bryce N. Harlow’s view of popular opinion
                      -Colson’s assessment
               -Popular opinion         

       -Background          

       -Selection by Elliot L. Richardson

       -Mandate          

               -Senate
-Popular opinion
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                                            Conversation No. 39-129 (cont’d)

        -Harlow         

        -Sally Harmony          

               -Shredder
-Press coverage
-President’s involvement
-Dean
        -Possible allegations         

        -Credibility

               -Motives         

        -New York Times and Washington Post

        -Role         

               -Perjury
               -Orders to Colson regarding memoranda [memos]      

        -White House response           

        -Possible immunity          

               -Ervin Committee hearings         

               -Cox         

-Prosecutors
        -Possible resignation
        -Glanzer and Silbert
        -Contacts with Colson
        -President’s involvement
               -Washington Post story
                        -Cox       

        -Possible resignation         

        -Conversations with Dean          

-Dean
        -Possible immunity
        -Possible allegations
               -Henry E. Petersen

        -Smith’s question to Colson         

               -Intentions

                        -Contrasted with Europeans    

        -Conversations with Colson          

        -Public opinion        

        -Possible immunity          

               -Alternatives
-Popular opinion
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    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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                                                Conversation No. 39-129 (cont’d)

        -Press

        -Colson’s conversation with Louis P. Harris 

        -Sindlingers’ view

-Dean
       -Possible Ervin Committee testimony by former staff members
       -H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman and Colson
       -Maurice H. Stans
       -John N. Mitchell
       -Colson
-Ervin Committee hearings
-Congressional response
       -Max L. Friedersdorf’s efforts
       -Colson’s phone calls
-Hugh Scott’s statement, June 5
-Popular opinion
       -Colson’s conversation with David E. Bradshaw
-Attacks on President
       -George S. McGovern supporters
               -Cox and Samuel Dash
               -Washington Post, New York Times, and television [TV] networks
       -Popular mandate
-Cover-up
       -Compared with Lyndon B. Johnson and Abe Fortas
               -Walter Jenkins affair
-Attacks on President
       -Motives
       -Popular mandate
-Colson’s interview with Smith, June 5
       -Charles H. Percy’s reaction
-White House response
-Popular opinion
-Colson’s interview with Smith, June 5
       -Reactions
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