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Start Date: 31-Jan-1972 3:51 PM

End Date: 31-Jan-1972 4:00 PM


Nixon, Richard M. (President)Butterfield, Alexander P.Ziegler, Ronald L.White House operatorMcClory, Robert

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 02:20:02

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 02:29:48




NARA Description:

On January 31, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon, Alexander P. Butterfield, Ronald L. Ziegler, White House operator, and Robert McClory met in the Oval Office of the White House at an unknown time between 3:51 pm and 4:00 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 661-003 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 661-3

Date: January 31, 1972
Time: Unknown between 3:51 pm and 4:00 pm
Location: Oval Office


                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                               Conv. No. 661-2 (cont.)

The President met with Alexander P. Butterfield.

     Signing of documents

     White House meeting with governors
          -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew role
                -Cocktails in Blue Room
                -William G. Milliken role
                -Number of guests
                -Ronald W. Reagan role
                -Nelson A. Rockefeller role
                -Linwood Holton role
                -Rex W. Scouten
                -Table configuration
          -Cabinet attendance
          -Other guests
                -Harry S. Dent
                -Robert J. Dole
                -Caspar W. (“Cap”) Weinberger
                -John D. Ehrlichman
          -Press attendance

     Deaths of policemen [Gregory Foster and Rocco Laurie]
          -Funeral arrangements
                -Representative of the President
                          -General Robert E. Cushman, Jr.
                          -John V. (“Jack”) Brennan
                          -Peter M. Flanigan
                          -Charles W. Colson
          -Location of shootings
                -New York
          -Age of policemen

                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)
                                                                     Conv. No. 661-3 (cont.)

           -Cushman attendance at funeral

Ronald L. Ziegler entered and Butterfield left at 3:55 pm.

     Press relations
           -Representation on PRC trip
                 -Patrick J. Buchanan

[The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 3:55 pm and
3:57 pm and requested a telephone call to Robert McClory.]

[Conversation No. 661-3A]

[See Conversation No. 20-4]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Press representation on People’s Republic of China [PRC] trip
           -Ziegler’s talks with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman and Henry A. Kissinger
                -William F. Buckley, Jr.
           -Holmes Alexander
                -Buchanan’s view
                             -Feeling toward administration
                -Haldeman view
                -Kissinger view
                       -Possible Chinese reaction

[The President talked with McClory between 3:57 pm and 3:58 pm.]

[Conversation No. 661-3B]

[See Conversation No. 20-5; one item has been withdrawn from the conversation]

[End of telephone conversation]


                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                       Conv. No. 661-3 (cont.)

     Press representation on PRC trip
           -Buchanan’s reaction
                -Joseph C. Kraft
                -Richard (“Dick”) Wilson
                -US Information Agency [USIA] representative
                -Buchanan view

     Telephone call to Abraham A. Ribicoff
          -Release for news
               -Earlier question to Ziegler
               -Content of call
                      -Welfare reform
                           -Elliot L. Richardson
                           -Russell B. Long, Wallace F. Bennett
                           -The President’s support for legislation
                           -News summary
                           -Reason for call
                           -Ehrlichman’s forthcoming talk with Richardson
                           -Strategy with Ribicoff, Long, Bennett
                           -Ziegler’s possible telephone call to Ehrlichman

Ziegler left at 4:00 pm.