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Start Date: 21-Jun-1972 9:30 AM

End Date: 21-Jun-1972 10:38 AM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")[Unknown person(s)]Butterfield, Alexander P.White House operator

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:26:05

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:33:06

NARA Description:

On June 21, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, unknown person(s), Alexander P. Butterfield, and the White House operator met in the Oval Office of the White House from 9:30 am to 10:38 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 739-004 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 739-4

Date: June 21, 1972
Time: 9:30 - 10:38 am
Location: Oval Office
                                             2

                      NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. Feb-02)


The President met with H. R. Haldeman.

     The President's schedule
          -Arthur F. Burns
               -John B. Connally, George P. Shultz
               -Schedule

     Economic indicators
         -Consumer Price Index [CPI]
         -Food prices
               -Price Commission meeting
                    -Donald H. Rumsfeld

     Debt ceiling bill
          -Frank F. Church
                -Social Security
          -Russell B. Long
          -Michael J. Mansfield
          -Timing of vote in Senate
          -William P. Rogers, Clark MacGregor
                -Robert W. Packwood, Charles McC. Mathias, Jr.
                       -Henry A. Kissinger
          -Timing of vote

     Watergate break-in
         -Staff meeting
         -Haldeman's conversation with John N. Mitchell
               -Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI]
                     -John D. Ehrlichman
                         -L[ouis] Patrick Gray, III
                     -G. Gordon Liddy
                         -Role in Committee to Reelect the President [CRP]
         -Mitchell's knowledge
         -Charles W. Colson
         -White House consultant
               -John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson
         -Colson's involvement
         -Other involvement
               -Need for strategy
                     -Ehrlichman
                     -Civil suit
                         -Depositions
                         -Liddy
                                   3

            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                           Tape Subject Log
                             (rev. Feb-02)


                -Summary judgement
-White House involvement
      -E. Howard Hunt, Jr.
           -Colson
           -Bay of Pigs
           -Colson's projects
           -International Telephone and Telegraph [ITT]
                -Dita D. Beard
           -Disappearance
-White House strategy
      -Ehrlichman
           -Admission of guilt
           -Implications by press
                -Dan Rather
                       -Republicans
                       -George S. McGovern
                       -Hubert H. Humphrey
-White House staff reaction
-Colson's conversation with the President
      -Jack N. Anderson's commentary
           -Charles G. ("Bebe") Rebozo
-Republican convention arrangements
      -Miami, Florida
      -Cubans
           -Hunt
-James W. McCord, Jr.
      -Hiring
-Hunt
      -Cubans
-Plans to bug McGovern headquarters
      -Doral Hotel
      -Republican National Committee
-Colson
-Washington Post story
      -Hunt, Colson
      -Five burglars
           -Lawyer
                -Liddy
-Colson
      -Defense by administration
      -Activities
-As an issue
      -Nationally
                                        4

                 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                Tape Subject Log
                                  (rev. Feb-02)


           -Washington
           -Liddy
                -White House strategy
                     -Tom C. Huston
                     -Nathan Hale
                -Admission of guilt
                     -White House reaction
     -Burglary
     -Sentencing
     -Mitchell
           -Involvement
           -Ehrlichman
           -Liddy
     -Hunt
           -Disappearance
           -Cubans
           -FBI
           -Names in notebooks
           -Policemen and FBI agents
                -Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
     -Lawsuit
           -Edward Bennett Williams
           -Depositions
     -Ehrlichman
           -Gray
     -Colson
           -Hunt
     -Depositions
     -Liddy
           -Mitchell
           -Democrats' reaction
           -Ehrlichman's strategy for White House

The President's schedule
     -Press meeting
           -McGovern
           -Ronald L. Ziegler
           -Watergate break-in
     -Economic Quadriad meeting
     -Shultz
     -Nelson A. Rockefeller, James L. Buckley, Jacob K. Javits, John A. Volpe
           -Rapid Transit grant to New York City
           -Mitchell
                                              5

                      NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. Feb-02)



     Watergate
         -Colson
         -Democrats
               -Operations against the President
         -Reaction
               -Colson, Hunt

     The President's schedule
          -Press meeting
                -The President’s view
                -Primary results
                      -McGovern
                      -Bella S. Abzug
                      -Emanuel Celler
                          -Allard K. Lowenstein
                          -Reasons for defeat in primary
                          -Republicans
                      -John J. Rhodes
                          -Press
                      -Charles W. Colson
                      -Abzug
                          -Impeachment efforts

     Common Cause
          -Suit
                -Impeachment efforts
                -Campaign efforts
     Colson

An unknown person entered at an unknown time after 9:30 am.

     Request to meet with Colson

The unknown person left at a unknown time before 10:12 am.

     The President's schedule
          -Economic meeting
               -Quadriad
               -Council of Economic Advisors [CEA]
                      -Caspar W. Weinberger
                      -Shultz
                      -Ehrlichman
                                                   6

                        NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. Feb-02)


                          -Peter M. Flanigan
                          -Rumsfeld
                 -National economy
                      -Herbert Stein
                      -Unemployment
                      -Food prices
                      -Employment
                          -Haldeman’s view


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 5m 45s     ]


Alexander P. Butterfield entered at 10:12 am.

Charles Colson entered at 10:13 am.

END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1

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Butterfield left at unknown time after 10:13 am.

The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 10:13 and
10:22 am.

[Conversation No. 739-4A]

[See Conversation No. 25-98]

[End of telephone conversation]

     John J. Rooney

     Rockefeller

     Lowenstein
                                              7

                       NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Feb-02)


     Watergate break-in
         -Washington Post story
         -Anderson's commentary
               -Rebozo
                    -Libel
               -Jim Shertz (sp?)
         -White House strategy
               -Democrats
                    -Hunt
                    -Civil suit
                         -Mitchell
               -Lawyer for burglars
               -Mitchell
               -Williams
               -Ehrlichman
               -Liddy
               -Shertz (sp?)
               -Hunt's activities
                    -Media coverage
                         -Washington Post
                         -National Broadcasting Company [NBC]

The President talked with the White House operator at 10:22 am.

[Conversation No. 739-4B]

[See Conversation No. 25-99]

[End of telephone conversation]


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 2m 58s     ]

END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2

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     Watergate break-in
                                                8

                      NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. Feb-02)


         -White House involvement
               -Ziegler
         -Credibility
               -Ehrlichman
               -Vietnam
               -Civil rights
         -As an issue
               -National reaction
                     -ITT
                     -Repression, bugging
                     -Espionage
                         -Industrial, international, political
         -White House involvement


*****************************************************************

BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 2m 8s      ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3

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    Watergate break-in
        -White House strategy
              -Haldeman
              -Liddy
        -ITT
              -Ehrlichman
              -Haldeman
        -Colson's involvement
        -As an issue
              -Grand Jury
              -Hunt
              -Democrats
              -Convention
              -The President's role
        -Robert J. Dole
        -Lawrence F. O'Brien, Jr.
                                                 9

                       NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. Feb-02)


           -Colson
           -Television coverage
           -Civil suit
           -Hunt
                 -Career
                 -Role
                 -Conversation with Colson
                 -Bay of Pigs
                 -Novels

Colson left at an unknown time after 10:22 am.

     The President's schedule
          -Quadriad
               -Schultz
               -Burns
          -Reports on trips
               -Burns
               -Connally
               -Flanigan
               -Burns
               -Cabinet meetings

Haldeman left at 10:38 am.