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Start Date: 19-May-1972 4:05 PM

End Date: 19-May-1972 4:13 PM


Nixon, Richard M. (President)Byrd, Robert C.Ehrlichman, John D.MacGregor, ClarkWhite House photographerBull, Stephen B.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 02:50:12

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 03:01:37



NARA Description:

On May 19, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon, Robert C. Byrd, John D. Ehrlichman, Clark MacGregor, White House photographer, and Stephen B. Bull met in the Oval Office of the White House from 4:05 pm to 4:13 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 726-013 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 726-13

Date: May 19, 1972
Time: 4:05 pm - 4:13 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Robert C. Byrd, John D. Ehrlichman, and Clark MacGregor; the White
House photographer was present at the beginning of the meeting.


     [Photograph session]
          -Oliver F. (“Ollie”) Atkins


                                 Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. Jan-02)          Conv. No. 726-12 (cont.)

    -Byrd's last visit
                -US withdrawal
                       -Byrd's views

Black lung bill
     -Memorandum to President from Caspar W. Weinberger and MacGregor
           -Costs per annum
     -Byrd's views
           -MaGregor's report
           -Meeting with President
           -Talk with Byrd
     -President's signature
           -Arch A. Moore, Jr.
     -Meeting with Byrd
     -President's decision
           -Byrd's help
     -President's veto
           -Override in Congress
                       -Likelihood of passage
     -President's support
     -Byrd's meeting with President
           -Press statement
                 -President's considerations
                 -Presentation of case for bill
                 -Decision by President
                 -Tone of meeting
                 -Decision by President
     -Call to Moore


                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. Jan-02)                 Conv. No. 726-13 (cont.)

               -Ehrlichman and MacGregor
           -Announcement of decision
               -MacGregor's role

Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 4:05 pm.

     Congressional leaders

Bull left at an unknown time before 4:13 pm.

     Black-lung bill
          -Byrd's meeting with President
               -Press statement
                     -Moore's support for bill
                     -Byrd's conversation and meeting with President
                     -Call to office
                           -Congressional leaders meeting

     President's Soviet trip
          -Byrd's best wishes
          -Expected results
                 -Effect in Congress

     Congressional leaders meeting
         -Byrd's presence

Byrd and MacGregor left at 4:13 pm.

The President left at 4:13 pm.