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Start Date: Tuesday, June 29, 1971 8:32 PM

End Date: Tuesday, June 29, 1971 9:50 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")Sanchez, ManoloWhite House operatorHaig, Alexander M., Jr.Bull, Stephen B.Ehrlichman, John D.MacGregor, ClarkMalek, Frederic V.Higby, Lawrence M.Swann, MaryMitchell, John N.Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")Sanchez, ManoloWhite House operatorHaig, Alexander M., Jr.Bull, Stephen B.Ehrlichman, John D.MacGregor, ClarkMalek, Frederic V.Higby, Lawrence M.Swann, MaryMitchell, John N.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 02:39:16

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 03:48:40

531a.mp3

531b.mp3

531c.mp3

NARA Description:

On June 29, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, Manolo Sanchez, White House operator, Alexander M. Haig, Jr., Stephen B. Bull, John D. Ehrlichman, Clark MacGregor, Frederic V. Malek, Lawrence M. Higby, Mary Swann, and John N. Mitchell met in the Oval Office of the White House from 4:32 pm to 5:50 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 531-028 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 531-28

Date: June 29, 1971
Time: 4:32 pm - 5:50 pm
Location: Oval Office

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

     President's schedule
          -Donald H. Rumsfeld

     Presidential statements
          -Use of teleprompter
                -Delivery style
                -Richard A. Moore's views
                -Delivery style

     Honor America Day program
         -Producer
              -J. Willard Marriott
         -Television network time
              -Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS]
              -William F. (“Billy”) Graham
              -Frank Borman
              -Kate Smith
              -Leslie T. (“Bob”) Hope
              -Jack Benny
              -Interviews

     Presidential statements
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         -Use of teleprompter
         -Quality of writing
         -Use of teleprompter
An unknown person [Manolo Sanchez?] entered at an unknown time after 4:32 pm.

     Refreshments

The unknown person [Sanchez?] left at an unknown time before 5:03 pm.
                                                                    Conv. No. 531-27 (cont.)

     Presidential statements
          -President's forthcoming speech at the National Archives, July 3
                -Staff work on speech
                       -William L. Safire
                       -William H. Carruthers
                -President’s possible delivery
                       -Closing
          -Speechwriting
                -Use of President’s rhetoric
          -Writers
                -John K. Andrews, Jr.
          -Use of teleprompter

     President's schedule
          -National Commission on Productivity
          -Rumsfeld
          -Henry A. Kissinger
          -Mr. and Mrs. Winton M. (“Red”) Blount
                 -Oliver F. (“Ollie”) Atkins
          -Political dinner
          -National Park Dinner in Yosemite
                 -Thelma C. (“Pat”) Ryan
                 -Rex W. Scouten
                       -Arrangements
                 -Haldeman’s view
          -Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] graduation
                 -Remarks
          -Drug announcement
          -Presidential appointees
          -National Park Dinner
                 -Date
                 -Purpose
                 -Poll results
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           -Size
           -Advantages
           -Groups in attendance
           -Arthur Godfrey
           -Advantages
           -Subsequent visit to park
                 -Jackson Hole, Yosemite
                 -Scheduling announcement                       Conv. No. 531-28 (cont.)
     -Midwest media briefing
           -John D. Ehrlichman's views on format
                 -Pentagon Papers statement
                 -Revenue sharing
           -Timing
           -Ehrlichman's views
                 -Timing of court decision on Pentagon Papers
           -Preparation of President's statement
                 -Patrick J. Buchanan
                 -Ehrlichman
                       -Staff work
           -Delivery of President's statement
     -Press conference
           -Timing
     -National Association of Counties
           -Peoples Coalition meeting in Milwaukee
     -Billy Graham
     -New Hampshire, Maine
     -Michael J. (“Mike”) Mansfield
     -Visits to 50 states
           -Planning, spontaneity
     -Blount dinner
           -FBI graduation ceremony
                 -Preparation of remarks
     -Nobusuke Kishi
     -Walter P. McConaughy
     -Kishi

Adm. Thomas H. Moorer
    -Ehrlichman
    -Pentagon Papers
          -Views on prosecution
    -Judgement
    -Views concerning declassification program
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                -Wording of statement

     Declassification
          -National Security Council [NSC] committee recommendations

[The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 4:32 pm and
5:03 pm]
                                                                     Conv. No. 531-28 (cont.)
[Conversation No. 531-28A]

[See Conversation 6-24]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Haldeman's schedule
          -Rose Mary Woods[?]

[The White House operator talked with the President at an unknown time between 4:32 pm and
5:03 pm]

[Conversation No. 531-28B]

[See conversation 6-25]

[End of telephone conversation]

     President's schedule
          -Paul W. McCracken
                 -John B. Connally's role in government
          -Mamie G.D. Eisenhower
                 -Birthday celebration
                 -Eisenhower scholarship fund
                 -Mrs. Nixon
                 -Unintelligible name
                 -President’s attendance

[The President talked with Alexander M. Haig, Jr. between 5:03 pm and 5:06 pm; Haldeman can
be heard in the background]

[Conversation No. 531-28C]

[See Conversation No. 6-26]
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[End of telephone conversation]

     Security classification
          -Numbers of people with clearances
                -Board of Regents of University of California
          -Possible change in system
                -Kissinger                                       Conv. No. 531-28 (cont.)

     Leaks
          -President's comments to Cabinet
                -Haldeman's role
                -Dwight D. Eisenhower and Sherman Adams

     Peter G. Peterson
           -Position of aide
                 -Martin C. (“Marty”) Anderson
                      -Haldeman's conversation with Ehrlichman

     Anderson
         -Possible role with Administration
              -Edwin L. Harper
              -Ehrlichman's needs

     President's schedule
          -Camp David
          -July 4
                 -Washington, DC celebration
          -Possible trip to Florida
                 -Midwest trip
          -Camp David
          -Camp Hoover
                 -Accommodations
                 -Robert H. Finch
                 -Peter M. Flanigan
                 -John C. Whitaker

     US and People’s Republic of China [PRC] relations
          -Handling
                -Kissinger
          -President's possible visit
                -Announcement
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                -David K.E. Bruce

     New York Times story
         -Kissinger's reaction
               -Anatoliy F. Dobrynin
         -Possible source

     Leaks                                                        Conv. No. 531-28 (cont.)
          -Administration reaction
          -Ambassador to Japan
          -Ehrlichman's meeting with John A. Volpe and James M. Beggs
                -President's comments to Cabinet
                -National Journal article
                -National security
                -Foreign economic policy

     President's schedule
          -George P. Shultz, James D. Hodgson
                 -Ehrlichman
                 -Alexander P. Butterfield

     Leaks
          -Haldeman's forthcoming meeting with the White House staff
          -Connally

     President's schedule
          -National Security Council [NSC] meeting
          -Shultz

An unknown woman entered at an unknown time after 4:32 pm.

     President's schedule
          -Shultz

The unknown woman left at an unknown time before 5:45 pm.

     Vietnam

     Soybeans
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     Security classification
          -Possible changes
                -Haldeman’s role
                -Dwight D. Eisenhower's changes
                -New classification
                       -Maurice H. Stans
          -Lyndon K (“Mort”) Allin's memos
                                                                  Conv. No. 531-28 (cont.)
     Shultz

     National economy
          -Louis F. Harris poll
          -Mansfield amendment
          -Gallup poll
          -Shultz's view of public confidence

Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 4:32 pm

     Shultz's schedule
          -Hodgson

Bull left at an unknown time before 5:45 pm.

     President's forthcoming meeting with Shultz and Hodgson
          -Counsel for National Labor Relations Board [NLRB]
                 -Ehrlichman

[Haldeman talked with Ehrlichman at an unknown time between 4:32 pm and 5:45 pm]

[Conversation No. 531-28D]

     President's forthcoming meeting with Shultz and Hodgson
          -Counsel for NLRB
                 -Ehrlichman

     Unknown news story

[End of telephone conversation]

     Pentagon Papers
          -[Forename unknown] Plassky's [sp?] story
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     Counsel for NLRB
         -Richard T. Burress
               -International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and
                     Helpers of America [TEAMSTERS]
               -Prospects for confirmation
         -Peter G. Nash
               -Prospects for confirmation
         -Jack F. Kemp                                               Conv. No. 531-28 (cont.)
         -Burress
               -Ehrlichman's conversation with John J. Rhodes
               -Hodgson's conversations with Burress supporters
         -Nash
               -President's conversation
                     -Charles W. Colson
                     -Clark MacGregor

[Haldeman talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 5:06 pm and 5:35
pm]

[Conversation No. 531-28E]

[See Conversation No. 6-27]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Frederic V. Malek

[Haldeman talked with MacGregor at an unknown time between 5:06 pm and 5:35 pm]

[Conversation No. 531-28F]

[See Conversation No. 6-28]

[End of telephone conversation]

[Haldeman talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 5:06 pm and 5:35
pm]

[Conversation No. 531-28G]

[See Conversation No. 6-29]
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[End of telephone conversation]
     Haldeman's conversation with MacGregor
           -Nash
           -Conference on Mansfield amendment

[Haldeman talked with Malek at an unknown time between 5:05 pm and 5:35 pm]

[Conversation No. 531-28H]                                          Conv. No. 531-28 (cont.)

[See Conversation No. 6-30]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Nash
            -Support on Capitol Hill
                 -Burress
            -Industry and business support
            -Stans
            -Labor support

[The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 5:06 pm and
5:35 pm]

[Conversation No. 531-28I]

[See Conversation No. 6-31]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Malek
         -Declassification project
              -Tom C. Huston

[The President talked with MacGregor between 5:35 pm and 5:39 pm]

[Conversation No. 531-28J]

[See Conversation No. 6-32]

An unknown person entered at an unknown time after 5:35 pm.

The unknown person left at an unknown time before 5:39 pm.
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[End of telephone conversation]
     Memorandum to Lawrence M. (“Larry”) Higby
           -President's previous conversation with MacGregor

[Haldeman talked with Higby at an unknown time between 5:39 pm and 5:44 pm]

[Conversation No. 531-28K]                                           Conv. No. 531-28 (cont.)

     MacGregor's memo to Higby

[End of telephone conversation]

The President left at an unknown time after 5:39 pm.

An unknown man entered at an unknown time after 5:39 pm.

     [Unintelligible]

The unknown man left at an unknown time before 5:44 pm.

The President entered at an unknown time before 5:44 pm.

     Memorandum

[The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 5:39 pm and
5:44 pm]

[Conversation No. 531-28L]

[See Conversation No. 6-33]

[End of telephone conversation]

[The President talked with Mary Swann between 5:44 pm and 5:45 pm]

[Conversation No. 531-28M]

[See Conversation No. 6-34]

[End of telephone conversation]
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     President's conversation with Swann
          -Effect
          -Cabinet officers' possible conduct
                 -Volpe
                 -George W. Romney
                 -William P. Rogers
                 -John N. Mitchell
                                                                      Conv. No. 531-28 (cont.)
[The President talked with the White House operator at 5:45 pm]

[Conversation No. 531-28N]

[See Conversation No. 6-35]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Use of secretaries
          -Rose Mary Woods
          -Maggie [Surname unknown]
          -Prestige

[The President talked with Mitchell between 5:46 pm and 5:50 pm; the President talked to
Haldeman in the background]

[Conversation No. 531-28O]

[See Conversation No. 6-36]

[End of telephone conversation]

Haldeman left at 5:50 pm.