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Start Date: Tuesday, March 2, 1971 3:26 PM

End Date: Tuesday, March 2, 1971 4:00 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")Ziegler, Ronald L.Mitchell, John N.White House operatorAlbert, Carl B.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:03:09

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 00:38:28

461-002.mp3

NARA Description:

On March 2, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, Ronald L. Ziegler, John N. Mitchell, White House operator, and Carl B. Albert met in the Oval Office of the White House from 10:26 am to 11:00 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 461-002 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 461-2

Date: March 2, 1971
Time: 10:26 am - 11:00 am
Location: Oval Office

The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman

     President’s schedule
          -Reporters
                -Thelma C. (Ryan) (“Pat”) Nixon
          -Forthcoming Irish event
                -Herbert J. (“Jackie”) Gleason
                      -Health
                -Irish Castle group
                -Irish Rovers
                -Lennon Sisters
                -Irish Rovers
                      -Repertoire
          -Medal of Honor ceremonies
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                -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew
                -Number
                -Major General James D. (“Don”) Hughes

Ziegler entered at 10:27 am

               -President’s role
               -Press coverage                                    Conv. No. 461-2 (cont.)
               -Oliver F. (“Ollie”) Atkins
                     -Photographs
               -President’s remarks
               -Vice President Agnew’s role
               -Lyndon B. Johnson
               -Dwight D. Eisenhower Administration
                     -President’s presentation
                     -Korean War
               -Vietnam War
                     -Number
          -Easter Seals
               -President’s participation
                     -Open Hour
               -Robert Young
               -Cause
               -Young
                     -Previous attendance at White House events
                     -Health
                     -Wife

     Press briefings
           -John N. Mitchell
           -John D. Ehrlichman
           -Manpower briefing, March 4, 1971
           -Urban briefing, March 5, 1971
           -President’s upcoming press conference
           -Rochester

     The President’s schedule
          -Press conference
               -An announcement
                      -Timing
               -Mark I. Goode
               -Length
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           -Peter Lisagor
           -Wire services
           -Format and topics
                 -Foreign policy
                 -Domestic policy

Ziegler’s briefing
     -The President’s forthcoming press conferences                 Conv. No. 461-2 (cont.)
           -Topics
     -Middle East
     -Law Enforcement Assistance Administration [LEAA]
     -Textiles
     -Middle East
           -Henry A. Kissinger

President’s trip to Des Moines
     -Upcoming trip to Rochester
     -Problems in Des Moines
           -Press coverage
                  -Demonstrators
                  -Howard K. Smith
                  -William A. Gill, Jr.
                        -Coverage
                        -Ziegler’s forthcoming conversation with Gill
     -Gill’s news coverage
           -A hardhat
                  -Laos
                  -Charles W. Colson
                  -Building Trades Council
                  -Peter J. Brennan
                  -Walt W. Rostow [?]
                  -Number of hardhats
     -News coverage
           -National Farm Organization
                  -Numbers
           -Students for a Democratic Society [SDS]
                  -Drake University
                  -Organization
                        -Gerald L. Warren
                  -Dan Rather
           -Rather’s report
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     President’s schedule
          -Rochester
                -Plans
                      -Ronald H. Walker
                      -Presidential events
                      -Motorcade
                      -Press bus
                      -Dwight L. Chapin’s role                     Conv. No. 461-2 (cont.)

     Public relations
          -President’s previous speech to Iowa legislature
                 -Importance
                 -Coverage
                      -Rather, Columbia Broadcasting Company [CBS] coverage
                      -New York Times
                            -Governor Warren E. Hearnes
                      -Donald Oberdorfer, Jr.
                      -Gill
                      -Oberdorfer
                            -Headlines in Washington Post
                      -Robert Boyd
                            -Knight News
                      -Wire service
                      -Herbert E. Kaplow
                      -Radio coverage
                      -Oberdorfer, Washington Post
                 -Demonstration
                 -A report
                      -Missouri, Illinois, Iowa
                            -Robert D. Ray
                      -Demonstration
                      -Press reports

     [Unintelligible]

Haldeman left at 10:45 am

Mitchell entered at 10:45 am

     Greetings
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     Mitchell’s forthcoming press conference
          -The President’s role
          -LEAA
          -Manpower
          -Revenue sharing
          -Urban development
          -Crime
          -President’s role                                           Conv. No. 461-2 (cont.)

Ziegler left at an unknown time after 10:45 am

     Wiretapping
          -Congress
          -Administration plans
          -Constitutionality
          -Cases
                -An internal security case
                      -Possible appeal to Supreme Court
          -Congress
          -President’s call for review
                -J. Edgar Hoover
          -Mitchell’s conversation with Michael J. (“Mike”) Mansfield, Hugh Scott, and Carl
                B. Albert

     US Capitol security
         -Possible reorganization of police force
               -Chief [Forename unknown] Buzzie [?]
               -Chief [Forename unknown] Kidd
         -Compared with White House security
         -Albert’s response
               -Department of Justice assistance
         -1954 attack on House of Representatives by three Puerto Rican nationalists
         -Bombing incident
               -Injury
               -Warning
               -Search
               -Police
         -Congress
               -Executive Protective Service [EPS]
               -Mansfield, Scott
         -Bombing
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     Mitchell’s forthcoming press conference
          -Special revenue sharing
          -LEAA
                -Funds for Capitol police
                -Revenue sharing
                -Matching funds
                -Importance
                      -Mitchell’s comments                                 Conv. No. 461-2 (cont.)

[The President talked with the White House operator at 10:53 am]

[Conversation No. 461-2A ]

     Call to Albert

[End of telephone conversation]

Ziegler entered at 10:53 am

     Mitchell’s forthcoming press conference
          -Capitol police
                -Colson
                -Possible questions
          -LEAA
          -Capitol Police
                -Possible reorganization
                      -Albert, Scott, Mansfield
                      -William Walker
                            -Executive Protective Branch, Secret Service
                            -General Services Administration [GSA]
                            -Department of Justice
                            -Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI]
                -LEAA funds
                      -Mitchell’s comments
                            -US Capitol police
                      -Possible headlines
          -Revenue sharing
          -President’s role

Ziegler left at 10:55 am

     John W. McCormack
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[The President talked with Albert between 10:55 am and 10:59 am]

[Conversation No. 461-2B ]

     Mitchell’s forthcoming press conference
          -LEAA
                -Matching funds                                    Conv. No. 461-2 (cont.)
                -Mitchell’s conversation with Albert

     US Capitol police
         -Funds
               -Training
         -Gerald R. Ford and Albert’s role
         -Compared with White House police reorganization
               -EPS
                     -Congressional appropriation
                     -Embassy duty
         -Funds
               -Congressional appropriation
               -Importance
         -Bombing incident
               -President’s speech in Des Moines
         -Needs
         -EPS
               -Compared to US Capitol police
         -Possible meetings
               -Attorney General’s staff
         -McCormack’s position
         -Assistance

[End of telephone conversation]

     President’s call to Albert

     Mitchell’s forthcoming press conference
          -LEAA

The President and Mitchell left at 11:00 am
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