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Start Date: Wednesday, April 7, 1971 9:30 PM

End Date: Wednesday, April 7, 1971 10:05 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")[Unknown person(s)]White House operatorDean, John W., III

Recording Device: Old Executive Office Building

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 04:17:31

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 04:45:08

246a.mp3

246b.mp3

246c.mp3

246d.mp3

NARA Description:

On April 7, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, unknown person(s), White House operator, and John W. Dean, III met in the President's office in the Old Executive Office Building from 4:30 pm to 5:05 pm. The Old Executive Office Building taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 246-026 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 246-26

Date: April 7, 1971
Time: 4:30 pm - 5:05 pm
Location: Executive Office Building

The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman
                                                                      Conv. No. 246-24 (cont.)
     Melvin R. Laird
         -Haldeman’s conversation with William E. Timmons
               -Clark MacGregor

     President’s schedule
          -Allen J. Ellender
                -Views
                -Russell B. Long
                -Big Six
                -George H. Mahon
                -President Pro Tempore

[Haldeman talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 4:30 pm and 4:42 pm]

[Conversation No. 246-26A]

     President’s schedule
          -Ellender
                -Instructions for Timmons

[End of telephone conversation]

     Vietnam
          -President’s forthcoming speech, April 7, 1971
                -Press briefing
                -Henry A. Kissinger, General Alexander M. Haig, Jr.

     Cabinet
          -William P. Rogers
          -Elliot L. Richardson

     White House staff
          -Robert H. Finch, Donald H. Rumsfeld
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Congress
    -President’s supporters
    -Schedule

Cabinet
     -Evaluated
          -John B. Connally
          -Maurice H. Stans                               Conv. No. 246-26 (cont.)
          -George P. Shultz
          -George W. Romney, James D. Hodgson
          -John N. Mitchell
     -Rogers, Laird, Richardson
     -Rogers
          -Calls to Haldeman

Business community
     -Kissinger’s views
     -Calls to President

President’s schedule
     -Telephone calls after speech

White House staff
     -Loyalty
     -William L. Safire, Raymond K. Price, Jr.

Cabinet
     -Evaluated
          -Mitchell, Connally, Richardson
          -Rogers

Vice President Spiro T. Agnew
     -Tenure in office
     -Possible future
           -Television
                -Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS]
                -Leslie T. (“Bob”) Hope

Cable television
     -President’s policy
           -Hope
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                -Richard A. Moore
                     -Wife

     Vice Presidency
          -Connally
          -Agnew
                -Possible resignation
                                                                    Conv. No. 246-26 (cont.)
[The President talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 4:30 pm and 4:42
pm]

[Conversation No. 246-26B]

     Egil (“Bud”) Krogh, Jr.

     John W. Dean, III

[The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 4:30 pm and
4:42 pm]

[Conversation No. 246-26C]

     Call to Dean

[End of telephone conversation]

     Vice Presidency
          -Filling vacancies
                -Congress
          -Connally

[The President talked with Dean between 4:42 pm and 4:44 pm]

[Conversation No. 246-26D]

     Constitutional Amendment on Presidential succession
          -Status
          -President’s daughters
          -Vice Presidency
          -Congress
          -President’s suggestions
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                                          (rev. 9/08)



[End of telephone conversation]

     Dean

     Vice Presidency
          -Agnew
                -Possible resignation
                     -Supreme Court                               Conv. No. 246-26 (cont.)
                     -Activities
                            -Francis A. (“Frank”) Sinatra, Hope
                     -Possible resignation
                            -Future
                     -Richardson

     J. Edgar Hoover
          -Tenure in office
               -Agnew’s possible resignation

     Opposition to administration
         -President
         -Agnew
         -Polls
         -Dwight D. Eisenhower and the President
               -Adlai E. Stevenson, II

     Agnew
         -Approval by President
         -Possible second term
         -President’s possible death
               -Eisenhower
               -Lyndon B. Johnson
         -Possible removal
               -Connally

     Connally’s schedule
         -”Meet the Press”
               -Rogers
               -Herbert G. Klein
               -Hugh Scott
               -Head of Blue Cross
               -George S. McGovern
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                                         (rev. 9/08)



     National economy
          -Stock market
          -Connally

[Dean talked with the President between 4:51 pm and 4:52 pm]

[Conversation No. 246-26E]
                                                               Conv. No. 246-26 (cont.)
     Vice Presidential succession

[End of telephone conversation]

     Vice Presidency
          -Congress
          -Succession Amendment
                -Possible consequences
          -Agnew
                -Possible resignation
                     -Timing
                            -Summit
                     -Reasons
                     -Bryce N. Harlow’s possible role


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     Vietnam
          -Polls
                -Results
                -President’s expectations
                -Timing
                      -George H. Gallup
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                        Tape Subject Log
                                           (rev. 9/08)



                 -Laos
                 -Lieutenant William L. Calley, Jr.
                 -Wording of questions

     President’s schedule
          -Phone calls after forthcoming speech
          -Women’s briefing, April 8, 1971
                -Location                                                 Conv. No. 246-26 (cont.)
          -Council on International Economic Policy
                -Peter G. Peterson

     President’s forthcoming speech, April 7, 1971
          -Close
          -Commentators’ possible reaction
          -Support

Haldeman left at 5:05 pm