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Conversation: 120-001

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Start Date: 1-May-1973 3:10 PM

End Date: 1-May-1973 11:52 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Agnew, Spiro T. (Vice President)Cabinet officersRogers, William P.Shultz, George P.Richardson, Elliot L.Morton, Rogers C. B.Dent, Frederick B.Brennan, Peter J.Weinberger, Caspar W. ("Cap")Lynn, James T.Brinegar, Claude S.Ash, Roy L.Armstrong, Anne L.Scali, John A.Campbell, J. PhilipKleindienst, Richard G.Clements, William P., Jr.Bush, George H. W.Timmons, William E.Cole, Kenneth R., Jr.Nixon, Richard M. (President)Cabinet officersFlanigan, Peter M.Ziegler, Ronald L.Clawson, Kenneth W.Baroody, William J., Jr.Moore, Richard A.Howard, W. RichardGergen, David R.Buchanan, Patrick J.Parker, David N.Malek, Frederic V.Higby, Lawrence M.Kehrli, Bruce A.Scott, Stanley S.Bull, Stephen B.Woods, Rose MarySohmer, Arthur J.Huebner, Lee W.Jones, Jerry H.Rodgers, Donald F.Scowcroft, Brent G. (Gen.)Klein, Herbert G.Korologos, Thomas C.Warren, Gerald L.Falkiewicz, Andrew T.Friedersdorf, Max L.Allin, Lyndon K.Fielding, Fred F.Farrell, Michael J.Falk, James H.Fairbanks, Richard M., IIICavanaugh, James H.Mead, Dana G.Shepard, Geoffrey C.Petersmeyer, C. Gregg

Recording Device: Cabinet Room

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NARA Description:

On May 1, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, and Cabinet officers and staffers, including William P. Rogers, George P. Shultz, Elliot L. Richardson, Rogers C. B. Morton, Frederick B. Dent, Peter J. Brennan, Caspar W. ("Cap") Weinberger, James T. Lynn, Claude S. Brinegar, Roy L. Ash, Anne L. Armstrong, John A. Scali, J. Philip Campbell, Richard G. Kleindienst, William P. Clements, Jr., George H. W. Bush, William E. Timmons, Kenneth R. Cole, Jr., Henry A. Kissinger, Peter M. Flanigan, Ronald L. Ziegler, Kenneth W. Clawson, William J. Baroody, Jr., Richard A. Moore, W. Richard Howard, David R. Gergen, Patrick J. Buchanan, David N. Parker, Frederic V. Malek, Lawrence M. Higby, Bruce A. Kehrli, Stanley S. Scott, Stephen B. Bull, Rose Mary Woods, Arthur J. Sohmer, Lee W. Huebner, Jerry H. Jones, Donald F. Rodgers, Gen. Brent G. Scowcroft, Herbert G. Klein, Thomas C. Korologos, Gerald L. Warren, Andrew T. Falkiewicz, Max L. Friedersdorf, Lyndon K. Allin, Fred F. Fielding, Michael J. Farrell, James H. Falk, Richard M. Fairbanks, III, James H. Cavanaugh, Dana G. Mead, Geoffrey C. Shepard, and C. Gregg Petersmeyer, met in the Cabinet Room of the White House at an unknown time between 3:10 pm and 11:52 pm. The Cabinet Room taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 120-001 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 120-1

Date: May 1, 1973
Time: Unknown between 3:10 pm and 11:52 pm
Location: Cabinet Room

The President met with Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, William P. Rogers, George P. Shultz,
Elliot L. Richardson, Rogers C. B. Morton, Frederick B. Dent, Peter J. Brennan, Caspar W.
(“Cap ) Weinberger, James T. Lynn, Claude S. Brinegar, Roy L. Ash, Anne L. Armstrong, John
A. Scali, J. Philip Campbell, Richard G. Kleindienst, William P. Clements, Jr., George H. W.
Bush, William E. Timmons, Kenneth R. Cole, Jr., Henry A. Kissinger, Peter M. Flanigan,
Ronald L. Ziegler, Kenneth W. Clawson, William J. Baroody, Jr., Richard A. Moore, W. Richard
Howard, David R. Gergen, Patrick J. Buchanan, David N. Parker, Frederic V. Malek, Lawrence
M. Higby, Bruce A. Kehrli, Stanley S. Scott, Stephen B. Bull, Rose Mary Woods, Arthur J.
Sohmer, Lee W. Huebner, Jerry H. Jones, Donald F. Rodgers, General Brent G. Scowcroft,
Herbert G. Klein, Thomas C. Korologos, Gerald L. Warren, Andrew T. Falkiewicz, Max L.
Friedersdorf, Lyndon K. (“Mort ) Allin, Fred F. Fielding, Michael J. Farrell, James H. Falk,
Richard M. Fairbanks, III, James H. Cavanaugh, Dana G. Mead, Geoffrey C. Shepard, and C.
Gregg Petersmeyer
[Recording begins while the conversation is in progress]

     President’s schedule
          -Cabinet members’ questions for President
          -Meeting purpose
                -White House organization

     White House staff
          -Cole
                -Role
                -Domestic Council
                -Scheduling
          -National Security Council [NSC]
          -Scheduling
                -Bull
                      -Daily schedule
                -Parker
                      -Long-term schedule
          -Personnel
                -H. R. (“Bob ) Haldeman
                -Office of Management and Budget [OMB]
                      -Ash
          -Departures of Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman
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President’s schedule
     -Cabinet meetings
     -NSC meetings
     -Domestic Council
     -NSC
           -Rogers, Kissinger
                 -Foreign policy issues

Departures of Haldeman and Ehrlichman
    -Reaction of Cabinet and White House staff
    -Comparison with Sherman Adams and Dwight D. Eisenhower
          -Rogers
          -Reaction of Cabinet and White House
    -President’s workload
          -Cabinet
          -Foreign policy
                -Soviet Union
          -Domestic issues
                -Prices
          -Shultz
    -Changes in personnel
    -Effect on White House staff
          -Cole
          -Bull and Parker
                -Scheduling
          -OMB
                -Ash

Watergate
    -Richardson, William D. Ruckelshaus
    -Special prosecutor
          -Richardson
    -Possible staff involvement
          -President’s knowledge
    -Haldeman and Ehrlichman
    -Possible staff involvement
          -Leaves of absence
    -Cooperation with investigators
    -Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] guards outside offices of Haldeman and
          Ehrlichman
          -President’s reaction
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           -Cabinet
                 -Support for President
                 -Duty
                 -Personal conduct
           -President’s previous speech on April 30, 1973
                 -Rogers’ view
           -Kleindienst’s service
           -President’s conversation with Richardson
                 -Attorney General
                       -Responsibility
           -Richardson
                 -Kleindienst
                 -Watergate investigation
           -FBI guards outside offices of Haldeman and Ehrlichman
                 -President’s reaction
                 -Investigation
           -Cabinet
                 -President’s defense
           -Haldeman and Ehrlichman
           -FBI guards outside offices of Haldeman and Ehrlichman
                 -New York and Washington press
           -President’s previous speech on April 30, 1973
                 -Weinberger’s view
                 -Contrast with President’s other concerns

[A transcript of the following portion of the conversation was prepared under court order from
February through March, 1988, for Special Access [SA] 89, US v. Kenneth Moses Loud Hawk, et
al. The National Archives and Records Administration produced this transcript. The National
Archives does not guarantee its accuracy.]

[End of transcript]

     Morton’s position

     Watergate
         -Armstrong’s comments
               -Family
               -Popular perceptions
                    -President’s visit to Mississippi
                    -Margaret Chase Smith and Russell B. Long
         -President’s remaining time in office
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     Kleindienst
          -Forthcoming speech

Kleindienst left at an unknown time before 3:41 pm


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     Watergate
         -Press
               -Possible distortions
               -President as target
                     -Ash
               -President’s defense
               -Future
               -Charles H. Percy’s statement
                     -Purpose
               -Cabinet

The President left at 3:41 pm

     [General conversation/Unintelligible]

Recording ends at an unknown time before 11:52 pm, while the conversation is in progress
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