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Conversation: 589-002

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Start Date: 12-Oct-1971 5:28 PM

End Date: 12-Oct-1971 5:53 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Ehrlichman, John D.Bull, Stephen B.[Unknown person(s)]Kissinger, Henry A.White House operatorRichardson, Elliot L.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:17:43

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 00:41:40

589a.mp3

NARA Description:

On October 12, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, John D. Ehrlichman, Stephen B. Bull, unknown person(s), Henry A. Kissinger, White House operator, and Elliot L. Richardson met in the Oval Office of the White House from 5:28 pm to 5:53 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 589-002 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 589-2

Date: October 12, 1971
Time: 5:28 pm - 5:53 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with John D. Ehrlichman.

     Supreme Court appointments
          -Mildred L. Lillie
               -Husband
          -Herschel H. Friday
               -Warren E. Burger
               -University of Minnesota
               -John N. Mitchell
               -Arkansas
               -Harry A. Blackmun

Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 5:28 pm.

     The President's schedule
          -Unknown person
          -Henry A. Kissinger

Bull left at an unknown time before 5:40 pm.
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                         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                                      Conv. No. 589-2(cont.)


     Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] documents
          -Richard M. Helms
          -State Department
                -Missing files
          -Kennedy family
          -Kennedy Library
          -Cambridge, Massachusetts
          -Helms
          -Declassification
                -Immunity question
                -President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board [PFIAB]
          -Life magazine
                -Ngo Dinh Diem assassination
                      -Vietnam
                           -W. Averell Harriman
                           -Mcgeorge Bundy
                           -Roger Hilsman
                           -Dean Rusk
                           -State Department
          -Strategy
          -Helms
          -Missing CIA documents

An unknown person entered at an unknown time after 5:28 pm.

     Refreshments

The unknown person left at an unknown time before 5:40 pm.

     Budget
         -Kissinger
              -Schedule
         -Meeting of President with George P. Shultz, Kissinger, Ehrlichman
         -Shultz
         -The President's schedule
              -Kissinger
              -People's Republic of China [PRC]
                    -Negotiations
              -William P. Rogers
         -Melvin R. Laird
         -Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR]
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                        Tape Subject Log
                                          (rev. 10/06)
                                                               Conv. No. 589-2(cont.)


           -Tax plan
           -H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman
           -Shultz
           -John B. Connally
           -Kissinger's schedule
           -Domestic questions

Unknown person entered at an unknown time after 5:28 pm.

     Refreshments

Unknown person left at an unknown time before 5:40 pm.

     Phase II Wage and Price controls
          -Press conference

     The President's schedule
          -Supreme Court appointments
          -Mitchell
          -Public relations
               -South
               -West

     Supreme Court appointments
          -Woman
              -Necessity
                    -The President’s view
              -Mitchell's view
              -Ability
                    -Negroes
                    -Ehrlichman's experiences

     Phase II Wage and Price controls
          -Charls E. Walker
          -Maurice H. Stans
          -Shultz
               -Labor
          -Labor walkout

Kissinger entered at 5:40 pm.
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                             NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                     Conv. No. 589-2(cont.)


          -The President's comments

Ehrlichman left at 5:41 pm

     The President's schedule

     US-USSR agreement
         -Stewart J.O. Alsop
         -Kissinger's conversation with Anatoliy F. Dobrynin
               -The President's attitude
               -Kissinger's position
         -Soviets
               -French
               -Germans
               -French
         -Kissinger
               -Georges J. R. Pompidou
                     -Arthur K. Watson
               -Edward R. G. Heath
               -Willy Brandt
         -Press conference
         -PRC
         -Dobrynin
         -Reactions
               -Alsop
                     -Edward M. Kennedy
                           -Kissinger
                                 -Vietnam negotiations
                     -Washington Star
               -Jerrold L. Schecter
                     -Time magazine
               -W. Averell Harriman
               -George H. Mahon
               -F. Edward Hebert
                     -Attitude toward the President
         -The President's commentary to Conressmen
         -Soviets
         -PRC trip
               -Press conference
         -Individual sent to Vietnam for Nguyen Van Thieu's inauguration
               -Laird
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)
                                                                      Conv. No. 589-2(cont.)


                -State Deprtment
                -Clifford M. Hardin
                -Mitchell
                -Elliot L. Richardson
                -Laird
                      -Relationship with Thieu
                -Nelson A. Rockefeller
                -Ronald W. Reagan
                -Connally
                -Laird's views
                -Richardson

The President talked with White House operator at an unknown time between 5:40 pm and 5:53
pm.

[Conversation No. 589-2A]

[See Conversation No. 11-65]

[End of telephone conversation]

     The President's schedule

     Rogers

Kissinger talked with Richardson at an unknown time between 5:40 pm and 5:53 pm.

[Conversation No. 589-2B]

[See Conversation No. 11-66]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Thieu's inauguration
          -Richardson's response
          -Implications of Richardson's going

     The President's schedule

The President and Kissinger left at 5:53 pm.
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                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                 Conv. No. 589-2(cont.)