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Start Date: 21-Mar-1973 4:53 PM
End Date: 21-Mar-1973 6:01 PM
Participants:Nixon, Richard M. (President); Ziegler, Ronald L.; White House operator; Rogers, William P.; Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob"); Dean, John W., III; Ehrlichman, John D.;
Recording Device: Old Executive Office Building
On March 21, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon, Ronald L. Ziegler, White House operator, William P. Rogers, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, John W. Dean, III, and John D. Ehrlichman met in the President's office in the Old Executive Office Building from 4:53 pm to 6:01 pm. The Old Executive Office Building taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 421-018 of the White House Tapes.
Nixon Library Finding Aid:
Conversation No. 421-18 Date: March 21, 1973 Time: 4:53 pm-6:01 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President met with Ronald L. Ziegler. News report -Detroit Press briefing -Kenneth R. Cole, Jr. -Gerald L. Warren -Food prices -Positive tone Watergate -12- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Mar.-09) Conversation No. 421-18 (cont’d) -President’s statement -A letter -Questions from press -Strategy -Statement on Dwight L. Chapin -Disclosures for the record -Washington Post story -Public reaction -Grand jury -Convocation -Findings -Investigations of H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman, Charles W. Colson, Donald H. Segretti -Statement by President -Attack on Ervin Committee -William J. Baroody, Jr. -Infringement on constitutional principles -Publicity -“5 percenter cases” The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 4:53 pm and 4:58 pm. [Conversation No. 421-18A] [See Conversation No. 37-194] [End of telephone conversation] Watergate -Harry S. Truman administration The President talked with William P. Rogers between 4:58 pm and 5:00 pm. [Conversation No. 421-18B] [See Conversation No. 37-195] [End of telephone conversation] -13- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Mar.-09) Conversation No. 421-18 (cont’d) Watergate -Gen. Harry H. Vaughn’s testimony during Dwight D. Eisenhower administration -Chapin -President’s statement -John W. Dean, III’s call to Segretti -Segretti’s activities -Disclosure of information -Haldeman -Knowledge of Chapin and Segretti -Segretti’s activities -White House staff testimony -Letters -Segretti case -Case of bad judgment -Attacks on administration -Grand jury -White House staff testimony -Dean -Investigation -Advantage to administration over Senate hearing -Ervin hearings -Letter -President’s statement -Timing Haldeman and Dean entered at 5:20 pm. Trip to California -Press relations -Assistance -John Ford dinner Watergate -Publicity for administration's side Press relations -White House correspondents -Television [TV] -14- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Mar.-09) Conversation No. 421-18 (cont’d) -[Unintelligible] -Banquet -Format -Timing -Questions for President -Watergate Theodore H. White Ehrlichman entered and Ziegler left at 5:25 pm. [A transcript of the remainder of the conversation may be found in 8RPC, pp. 131-145; U.S. vs. Mitchell, Ex. 13, pp. 00208-00236 (1-27); SRPC, pp. 250-269 (1-20); RG 460, Box 171, pp 1-38; SI Pres. Nixon, pp. 56, 185; SI, Bk. III, pt. 2, pp. 1149-1180 (1-38); Bk. VII, pt. 4, pp. 1831-2 (20-21)]. An unknown man entered and left at an unknown time during the transcribed portion. [End of transcribed portion] Haldeman, Dean, and Ehrlichman left at 6:01 pm.