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Conversation: 558-003

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Start Date: Monday, August 9, 1971 7:38 PM

End Date: Monday, August 9, 1971 8:29 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Woods, Rose MaryMitchell, John N.Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")[Unknown person(s)]Kissinger, Henry A.Nixon, Richard M. (President)Woods, Rose MaryMitchell, John N.Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")[Unknown person(s)]Kissinger, Henry A.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:39:51

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:31:42

558a.mp3

558b.mp3

NARA Description:

On August 9, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, Rose Mary Woods, John N. Mitchell, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, unknown person(s), and Henry A. Kissinger met in the Oval Office of the White House from 3:38 pm to 4:29 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 558-003 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 558-3

Date: August 9, 1971
Time: 3:38 pm - 4:29 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Rose Mary Woods.

      Schedule
           -Lowell Thomas
                                              4

                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                   Conv. No. 558-3 (cont.)




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[Duration: 3m 41s ]


Woods left and John N. Mitchell entered at 3:40 pm.

H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman entered at an unknown time after 3:40 pm.


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     Leaks
          -Henry A. Kissinger’s memorandum for the President
               -Chou En-lai
               -[Paul Scott’s] possession
               -Distribution
                      -Peter G. Peterson
                      -William P. Rogers
                      -Mitchell
                      -John B. Connally
                      -Spiro T. Agnew
          -Scott’s article
               -Gold window proposal
                      -Connally’s comments
                      -Contingency plan
                            -Treasury Department policy
                                 -Connally
          -Kissinger's memorandum
               -Distribution
                      -Alexander P. Butterfield
               -Subject
                      Talks with Chou En-lai
               -Scott
                                             5

                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                                    Conv. No. 558-3 (cont.)


               -Versions
                     -Sanitization
                     -Publication
               -Distribution
                     -Rogers
                     -Agnew
                     -Connally
                     -Mitchell
          -Kissinger
               -Conversation with the President
               -Security
          -Gold window proposal
               -Document
               -Connally’s conversation with Haldeman
                     -Scott’s article
               -Treasury Department paper
                     -Peterson
                     -Connally
                     -Peterson
          -Scott
               -Peterson
               -Background
                     -Chicago

The President talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 3:40 pm and 3:53
pm.

[Conversation No. 558-3A]

     Request for a return call from an unknown person

[End of telephone conversation]

     Peterson
                                               6

                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                      Conv. No. 558-3 (cont.)


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4
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[Duration: 2m 51s ]


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     Leaks
          -Scott’s column
               -Kissinger’s memorandum
                      -Chou En-lai
                      -Distribution
                            -Investigation
                                  -Lawrence M. Higby
                                  -Egil G. (“Bud”) Krogh, Jr.
          -Investigation
               -Scott
          -Impact
               -Connally
                      -Accuracy
                      -Treasury Department study

Butterfield entered at an unknown time after 3:40 pm.

     President's schedule
          -Kissinger

Butterfield left at an unknown time before 3:53 pm.

     Leaks
          -Scott’s column
               -President’s forthcoming trip to People’s Republic of China [PRC]
                      -Preparations
                           -Ottawa, Canada
                                 -Huang Hua
          -Investigation
               -Connally
                                                7

                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)
                                                                         Conv. No. 558-3 (cont.)


                     -Treasury Department
                -Council of Economic Advisors [CEA]
                     -Paul W. McCracken
                           -Schedule
                                -George P. Shultz

Kissinger entered at 3:53 pm.

           -Scott’s column
                -Chou En-lai memorandum
           -Gold window proposal
           -Scott’s column
                -Kissinger memorandum
                       -Peterson
                       -Agnew
                       -Rogers
                       -McCracken
                       -Possible sources
                       -Kissinger's reaction to column
                             -Veracity
                                   -Quotes
                       -Peterson
                       -McCracken
                       -Shultz
                             -Kissinger's meeting with Shultz
                       -Information in memorandum
                       -Gold window proposal
                             -National Security Council [NSC]
                                   -Connally
                                   -Peterson
                                   -Treasury Department
                                   -Peterson
                             -Possible effect of leak
                                   -Run on gold
                             -Connally’s discussion with the President
                             -Shultz, Connally, and the President
                                   -Peterson and McCracken
                             -Kissinger’s staff
                             -State Department
                                   -Warsaw talks
                                         -US fleet
                                              8

                             NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                       Conv. No. 558-3 (cont.)


                      -Kissinger’s conversation with Chou En-lai
                            -PRC
                                  -United Nations [UN] Security Council
                            -US fleet
                                  -Congressional approval
                                  -Chou’s comments
                 -Possible sources
                      -Treasury Department, CEA, Peterson’s office, Shultz
                      -Cultural revolution
                            -Chou En-lai’s alleged comments
                      -Gold window action
                            -Shultz
                 -Scott
                      -Syndication
                 -Kissinger’s schedule

Kissinger left at 4:01 pm.

                 -Connally
                     -Haldeman and Mitchell

     Kent State investigation
          -News stories
          -Grand jury investigation
                -Announcement
                      -Timing
                            -School
                            -Congress
                            -Possible economic news
                            -President’s possible press conference
                                  -Congress
                            -Public clamor
                                  -Congress, citizens groups, William W. Scranton Commission
                            -President's possible press conference
                                  -Possible questions
                                        -President’s possible responses
                                  -President’s dissociation from issue
                                        -Possible press coverage
                            -Release for newspapers
                            -President’s possible press conference
                                  -Possible questions
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                         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                   Tape Subject Log
                                     (rev. 10/06)
                                                               Conv. No. 558-3 (cont.)


                                    -Possible answer
                                         -Justice Department
                         -Release for newspapers
                         -Press conference

    Emergency Employment Fund
        -Directive
             -Use of discretionary grant
                   -California
                         -Aerospace industry
                   -Illinois
                   -Washington, DC
                   -Aerospace industry
                   -New Jersey
                   -Connecticut
                         -John [Surname unknown]


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[Duration: 32s ]


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    [George L.] Murphy
         -Finances
              -Taiwan
                                          10

                        NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                   Tape Subject Log
                                     (rev. 10/06)
                                                             Conv. No. 558-3 (cont.)


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[Duration: 1m 43s ]


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 9
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[Duration: 2m 21s ]


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    Textiles
         -Political issue
               -Mitchell’s memorandum
                      -State Department
         -Asia
               -Japan
               -PRC trip
               -David M. Kennedy
               -PRC
               -South Korea
               -Taiwan
               -Hong Kong
               -State Department
               -Peterson
               -Japan
         -NSC clause
               -Trade bill
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                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                 Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. 10/06)
                                                                 Conv. No. 558-3 (cont.)


           -Timing
                -Findings
           -Memorandum

Proposed economic action
     -Import tax
          -US as economic power

President's schedule
     -Edward J. Gurney
            -Photograph
            -Congressional half-hour
            -Gurney’s relationship with White House
                  -Florida newspapers
                        -Government projects
                             -Ohio, California
                        -[1970 Republican Senatorial primary]
                             -G. Harrold Carswell
                             -William C. Cramer
                             -Miami News
            -Bill signing

Labor
     -Teamsters Union
          -Frank E. Fitzsimmons
          -James R. (“Jimmy”) Hoffa
          -Transportation Deregulation Act
               -Fitzsimmons’s schedule
                     -Peter M. Flanigan
                     -Mitchell
          -Hoffa
               -Pardon issue
                     -Possible parole
                           -Parole board
                     -Political aspect
                           -Fitzsimmons
                     -Parole board
                           -Composition
                           -Possible action
                     -Mitchell’s possible conversation with Fitzsimmons
                           -Timing
                                         12

                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                 Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. 10/06)
                                                                      Conv. No. 558-3 (cont.)


                                 -Parole board
                 -Public view
           -Political clout
           -Hoffa
                 -Barry M. Goldwater
           -William Loeb
                 -PRC trip
           -Pardon issue
                 -Political aspect
                       -Fitzsimmons
                             -View of parole
                             -Instructions to Mitchell
                             -Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI]

President's schedule
     -American Legion
            -Veterans of Foreign Wars [VFW]
            -Connally
            -Rogers
            -President’s future plans
                  -VFW
            -Cartha D. ("Deke") DeLoach
            -[Forename unknown] Johnson
            -President’s future plans
                  -1972 election
            -Donald McI. Kendall
            -Connally
            -Rogers
                  -Background
            -President’s future plans
                  -1972 election
                       -National defense issue
                       -Kendall
                       -VFW
                             -Charles W. Colson
                       -Veterans groups
                             -Significance
                       -VFW
                             -Vice President
                                              13

                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)
                                                                Conv. No. 558-3 (cont.)


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 11
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[Duration: 38s ]


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     [George C. Wallace]
          -Presidential candidacy
                -Possible administration action
                -Eugene J. McCarthy
                     -Shirley Chisholm

Mitchell and Haldeman left at 4:29 pm.