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Conversation: 039-091

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Start Date: Tuesday, June 5, 1973 5:22 PM

End Date: Tuesday, June 5, 1973 5:36 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Colson, Charles W.

Recording Device: White House Telephone

039-091.mp3

NARA Description:

On June 5, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon and Charles W. Colson talked on the telephone from 1:22 pm to 1:36 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 039-091 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 39-91

Date: June 5, 1973
Time: 1:22 pm - 1:36 pm
Location: White House Telephone

The President talked with Charles W. Colson.

[See also Conversation No. 441-13]

       Colson’s forthcoming interview with Howard K. Smith 

             -Timing         

                                     -70-

           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                              Tape Subject Log
                             (rev. February-2011)

                                                       Conversation No. 39-91 (cont’d)

       -Watergate        

             -Press attacks on President       


Watergate
      -Media reaction
             -London Times
                    -International reaction
             -David Brinkley
      -Popular opinion         

             -Colson’s attendance at wedding of partner’s son 

             -Stock market         

      -Media coverage          

             -Democrats’ leaders

      -Popular opinion         

             -President’s resignation

             -President’s impeachment         

             -Paul N. (“Pete”) McCloskey, Jr. 

             -National economy

                    -Possible effect

National economy
       -Stock market
              -Colson’s conversation with unknown broker

Watergate
      -Colson’s forthcoming interview with Smith
             -Hugh Scott’s statement, June 5
             -Bernard W. Fensterwald quotation
             -President’s innocence
             -Resignations of H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman
             -President’s cooperation
                     -President’s papers        

             -Colson’s meetings with President          

             -President’s investigation       

             -John W. Dean, III         

                     -Contacts with President
                            -Executive privilege
                            -L[ouis] Patrick Gray, III hearings
                               -71-

    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                       Tape Subject Log
                      (rev. February-2011)

                                                 Conversation No. 39-91 (cont’d)

                               -Ervin Committee
-President’s telephone call to Colson, May 21
       -Special Counsel
       -President’s investigation
       -Purpose
-President’s telephone call to Colson in Boston, April 12
-Colson’s recommendations to Ehrlichman
       -Dean’s visit to United States Attorney
                -Immunity
-President’s investigation
       -Effects
-President’s meeting with Dean, March 21
       -William O. Bittman
                -Blackmail
                       -President’s communication with Attorney General
       -Dean’s contacts

                -Henry E. Petersen

                -Richard G. Kleindienst        

-President’s knowledge
-President’s investigation
       -President’s call to Colson in Boston, April 12
                -Colson’s meeting with Ehrlichman, April 13
                       -Dean’s meeting with United States attorney, April 14
                -Purpose
                       -Julie Nixon Eisenhower
                -Colson’s recommendations
       -President’s conversations with Haldeman, Ehrlichman, and Dean
       -Effect
-President’s knowledge
       -President’s meetings with Colson          

                -Evidence         

                -Mitchell       

                       -Role
-Colson’s forthcoming interview with Smith
       -Dean
                -Colson’s testimony
-Dean
       -Haldeman’s and Ehrlichman’s possible statements
                                             -72-


                   NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


                                      Tape Subject Log 

                                     (rev. February-2011)

                                                             Conversation No. 39-91 (cont’d)

                     -Attacks on President         

                             -Immunity         

              -Colson’s forthcoming interview with Smith 

                     -James W. McCord, Jr.

                             -Fensterwald        

                     -Dean         

                             -Use of information        

                             -Immunity         

                             -Resignation        

                                     -Contrasted with Haldeman and Ehrlichman
                     -President’s remarks on White House staff cooperation
                     -White House staff involvement
                             -Dean
                     -Timing
                     -Smith’s view of White House position
                     -Attacks on President
                     -President’s role
                     -Colson’s knowledge of first question
                     -Archibald Cox’s conflict with Ervin Committee
                     -Attacks on President