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Start Date: 23-Mar-1972 5:23 PM

End Date: 23-Mar-1972 6:24 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")[Unknown person(s)]White House operatorZiegler, Ronald L.Colson, Charles W.Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")[Unknown person(s)]White House operatorZiegler, Ronald L.Colson, Charles W.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 01:24:28

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 02:23:28

692a.mp3

692b.mp3

NARA Description:

On March 23, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, unknown person(s), White House operator, Ronald L. Ziegler, and Charles W. Colson met in the Oval Office of the White House from 5:23 pm to 6:24 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 692-007 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 692-7

Date: March 23, 1972
Time: 5:23 pm - 6:24 pm
Location: Oval Office

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

      National economy
           -George Meany’s resignation from the Pay Board
                 -The President's statement
                      -Ronald L. Ziegler's views
                      -Cost of Living Council [COLC]
                      -John B. Connally's forthcoming statement
                      -Content and phraseology
                      -Length of statement
                      -Possible press coverage
                      -Views of Hugh Scott, John W. Byrnes, Gerald R. Ford

      The President's role in government
           -Use of television
                -Leadership
                       -Connally
                -Haldeman’s view
                -Press conferences
                                              15

                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. Sep-01)
                                                                        Conv. No. 692-7 (cont.)

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[Duration: 2m 28s ]


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          -Arthur F. Burns
               -Appointment to Federal Reserve Board [FRB]
                     -George P. Shultz
                     -Frederic V. Malek
                           -John D. Ehrlichman
                     -Connally
                     -Conversation with Haldeman
                           -Shultz

The President talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 5:23 and 5:33 pm.

     [Conversation No. 692-7A]

     Charles W. Colson's schedule

     [End of telephone conversation]

     National economy
          -Pay Board
                -The President's statement regarding Meany's resignation
                     -William L. Safire's draft
                           -The President’s August 15, 1971 statement
                     -Content and phraseology
                           -Special interests
                                 -Franklin D. Roosevelt
                                 -The President's opponents' attack on International Telephone
                                       and Telegraph [ITT]
                                              16

                      NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Sep-01)
                                                                      Conv. No. 692-7 (cont.)

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[Duration: 20s ]


     ITT


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The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 5:23 and 5:33
pm.

[Conversation No. 692-7B]

[See Conversation No. 22-5]

[End of telephone conversation]

           -Press conference
                -Ziegler
                -John N. Mitchell
                      -President’s response

The President talked with Ziegler between 5:33 and 5:34 pm.

[Conversation No. 692-7C]

[See Conversation No. 22-6]

[End of telephone conversation]

Colson entered at 5:34 pm.
                                             17

                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. Sep-01)
                                                                       Conv. No. 692-7 (cont.)

    National economy
         -Pay Board
               -The President's statement on Meany's resignation
                    -Meany’s representation of American labor force
               -Meany's resignation
                    -Louis P. Harris's views
         -Consumer Price Index [CPI]
               -Food prices
         -Pay Board
               -Meany's resignation
                    -Connally
                    -Donald H. Rumsfeld
                    -Colson's conversation with Connally
                    -Special interests
                    -Harris's views


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[Duration: 1m 33s ]


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    National economy
         -Pay Board
               -Leonard Woodcock's resignation
                     -Possible political effect
                          -Meany
                          -Cost of Living Council [COLC]
                          -Democratic candidates
         -Public's views

    ITT case
         -Dita D. Beard memorandum
               -Efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI]
                    -Independent experts
                                      18

               NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                               Tape Subject Log
                                 (rev. Sep-01)
                                                                Conv. No. 692-7 (cont.)

                      -[Forename unknown] Conrad's report
                      -Withdrawal
                            -John D. Ehrlichman's efforts
                      -Possible report
                -Tests by Pearl L. Tytell
                -Tests by an unknown man in Chicago [Walter McCrone?]
                      -W. Clement Stone
                -Tests by the Treasury Department
                -J. Edgar Hoover's cooperation
                -Forthcoming letter to Senate committee
                      -Conrad
                      -Ehrlichman's efforts
                -Tytell's role
                      -Alger Hiss case
                      -Husband
                      -FBI’s view
          -Beard
                -Forthcoming testimony
                -Edward M. Kennedy
                -Health
                -Ziegler
          -Unknown woman in Canada
          -Clifford Irving case
                -Efforts of Marlow Cook, Roman L. Hruska, Hugh Scott
          -Memorandum
          -Tests by experts
                -Public relations benefits
                      -White House strategy
                -Tytell
                -McCrone
                -Methodologies

Voltaire's comment regarding women and virtue

Beard
     -Kennedy's efforts
         -Views of other senators
               -Scott
               -Kennedy's conversation with James O. Eastland
                     -Harold S. Geneen
               -Samuel J. Ervin, Jr.
               -Philip A. Hart
                                         19

                NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                Tape Subject Log
                                  (rev. Sep-01)
                                                                  Conv. No. 692-7 (cont.)

                     -Clifford Irving, Howard Hughes
          -Ehrlichman's conversations with J. Edgar Hoover
          -Memorandum
          -Testimony by experts
                -Tytell

National economy
     -Pay Board
           -The President's statement regarding Meany's resignation
                -Content and phraseology
           -Meany's resignation
                -Jay Lovestone
                -Colson's conversation with Victor Riesel
                -Motives and expectations
                      -Partisanship
                      -The President’s address to the American Federation of Labor-
                            Congress of Industrial Organizations [AFL-CIO] in Bal
                            Harbour, Florida, November 19, 1971
                      -Shultz
                            -Mamie G.D. Eisenhower
                -The President's statement
                -Effect on building trades unions
                      -Calls by George T. Bell and James D. Hodgson
                      -Colson's forthcoming call to Peter J. Brennan
                      -AFL-CIO
                -Meany’s representation of American labor force
                      -International Brotherhood of Teamsters
                      -Autoworkers
                      -Longshoremen’s strike
                -The President's response
                      -Possible television speech
                            -Birch E. Bayh, Jr.
                                  -Busing
                            -Equal time
                                  -ITT

Television networks
     -Equal time
           -Balance on news broadcasts
                -Busing
                -Vietnam
     -Views regarding busing
                                           20

                 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                 Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. Sep-01)
                                                                   Conv. No. 692-7 (cont.)


National economy
     -Pay Board
           -Meany's resignation
                 -The President's response
                 -Harry S. Truman
                 -Public response
                       -Stock market
     -Stock market
     -Gross National Product [GNP]
           -Views of Connally and Herbert Stein
     -Retail sales
           -Statistics
     -Efforts of government agencies
           -The President's memorandum to Shultz and Caspar W. (“Cap”) Weinberger
                 -Department of Defense
           -Weinberger
           -Ehrlichman
           -Decline in government purchases
                 -News summary
                 -Shultz
           -Haldeman's forthcoming meeting with Melvin R. Laird and [David] Kenneth
                 Rush
                 -Twice weekly reports to the President
                       -Government purchases
                       -Vietnam
                 -Shultz
                 -Weinberger
                 -Robert C. Moot
                 -Reports to the President

Haldeman's conversation with Harry Cohen of Hornblower and Weeks
     -Stock market
     -The President's previous trip to the People's Republic of China [PRC]

The President's previous trip to the PRC
     -Exhibit
          -Haldeman’s view
          -Circulation
     -John Scali's schedule
          -PRC ping pong team
          -Television
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                    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. Sep-01)
                                                                      Conv. No. 692-7 (cont.)

             -Under Secretaries
             -Congressional groups
             -Sub-cabinet
             -White House staff
             -Briefing on the President's PRC trip
                   -Compared to Henry A. Kissinger's briefings
                   -Effectiveness
                        -Scali’s status as a Democrat
                              -Associated Press [AP]
                        -Daniel Patrick Moynihan
         -Newsworthiness
             -Compared to ITT and busing
             -The President's forthcoming trip to the Soviet Union

    State Department files on Congressional trips
          -Scali
          -Requests by William A. Gill, Jr. and Stewart M. Hensley
          -Arthur K. Watson
                -Hiram L. Fong’s comment in a committee hearing
                     -Marshall Green
          -Congressmen's activities in foreign countries
                -Counterpart funds
                -Immunity
                -Colson's previous conversation with William B. Macomber, Jr.


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[Duration: 11s ]


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              -Contrasted with the President's foreign travel
              -The President’s travels as a private citizen
                   -Businessmen
              -Counterpart funds
                                           22

                 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                 Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. Sep-01)
                                                        Conv. No. 692-7 (cont.)

                 -Allen J. Ellender
      -Colson's conversation with Macomber
           -William P. Rogers
           -John E. Hunt
                 -Statement
                       -Watson
      -Kennedy
           -Paris
                 -Funeral of Charles A.J.M. de Gaulle
           -Mexico
           -Alaska
      -Watson

1972 campaign
     -Possible threats by administration

ITT
      -American Telephone and Telegraph [AT&T]
      -Robert J. Dole
      -Democrats' debt
      -Possible threats by administration
      -Investigation
      -FBI
            -Typewriter
      -Jack N. Anderson
            -Possible leaks by the administration
            -Possible break-in
            -Possible leaks by the administration
            -Carl B. Albert, [Thomas] Hale Boggs
            -Efforts of Herbert G. Klein and Colson
            -Brit Hume
                  -White House investigation
            -Relationship with Drew Pearson
            -Media coverage
                  -Time and Newsweek
            -Stories regarding ITT
            -Veracity
            -Salvador Allende Gossens
      -Time, Newsweek
            -Influence
                  -Readership
                                             23

                      NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. Sep-01)
                                                                     Conv. No. 692-7 (cont.)

     The President's forthcoming speech to the Canadian Parliament
          -Raymond K. Price, Jr.
          -The President's possible efforts

     The President's forthcoming radio speech on the Supreme Court
          -Price


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[Duration: 2m 22s ]


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     Unknown man
         -Wife
              -Colson’s view
         -CPI

     The President's activities

     Administration public relations
         -Polls
         -Drug issue
         -Meany
               -Harris
         -Problems
               -Congress
               -Media

Haldeman and Colson left at 6:24 pm.