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Start Date: 31-Jul-1972 5:38 PM

End Date: 31-Jul-1972 6:40 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Connally, John B.Sanchez, ManoloWhite House operatorWaggonner, Joe D., Jr.Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")

Recording Device: Oval Office

757-006.mp3

NARA Description:

On July 31, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon, John B. Connally, Manolo Sanchez, White House operator, Joe D. Waggonner, Jr., and H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman met in the Oval Office of the White House from 5:38 pm to 6:40 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 757-006 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 757-6

Date: July 31, 1972
Time: 5:38 pm - 6:40 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with John B. Connally.

     Greetings

Manolo Sanchez was present at an unknown time after 5:38 pm.


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Sanchez left at an unknown time before 5:44 pm.

     The President's previous trip to Allen J. Ellender's funeral
          -James O. Eastland, John L. McClellan, Joe D. Waggonner, Jr.

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The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 5:38 pm and
5:44 pm.

[Conversation No. 757-6A]

[See Conversation No. 28-15]

[End of telephone conversation]

1972 campaign
     -Connally's conversation with Edward W. Edwards, July 31, 1972
          -Waggonner
                -Possible appointment
     -Ellender
          -J. Bennett Johnston
                -Democratic nomination
                -Gubernatorial race
                -Waggonner
                      -Possible run as independent

The President talked with Waggonner between 5:44 pm and 5:54 pm.

[Conversation No. 757-6B]

[See Conversation No. 28-16]

Connally talked with Waggonner.

[See Conversation No. 28-16; one item has been withdrawn]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Connally's previous conversation with Waggonner
         -Selection of Ellender's successor
                -Edwards's conversation with Waggonner
                -Legal process
                     -Louisiana attorney general’s view of statute
                         -Election postponement
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              -Democrats' state central committee
                   -Meeting
                          -Timing
                                -Democratic primary
                          -Possible court action
         -Edwards's conversation with Otto E. Passman
              -[Elaine Edwards]
                   -Appointment
         -Waggonner's stance vis-a-vis Edwards and Johnson
              -District vote
    -Johnston
    -Edwards
         -Mrs. Edwards
              -Political consequences
              -Retirement benefits

The President's conversation with McClellan, July 31, 1972
     -1972 campaign
          -Primary
          -McClellan's Republican opponent [Wayne H. Babbit]
                 -Winthrop Rockefeller
                     -Financial support
                 -Democrats for Nixon

1972 Campaign
    -[Babbit]
         -Mitchell
              -Martha (Beall) Mitchell
         -McClellan’s position
              -Senate appropriations committee
         -Jake Jacobsen
         -Hugh Scott
         -Connally’s forthcoming call to Mitchell
    -Nixon campaign
         -McClellan
              -Position
              -Campaign chairman
    -[Babbit]
         -Possible withdrawal of candidacy
              -Possible statement
                   -McClellan’s position
         -The President’s conversation with McClellan and Scott
              -Connally's possible conversation with Mitchell
                   -Appointment for Babbit
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H.R. (“Bob”) Haldeman entered at 6:13 pm.

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     1972 Campaign
         -Internal Revenue Service investigation
               -Lawrence F. O'Brien, Jr., Howard R. Hughes
                    -Audit
                        -1952 campaign
                        -Joe Napolitan
                        -Paul Dessautels [?]
                        -Hubert Humphrey's son [Hubert H. Humphrey, III?]
                              -Hughes
                        -Napolitan
                              -Identity

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Connally left at 6:35 pm.

     Jacobsen
          -Forthcoming indictment
                -John D. Ehrlichman’s view
                     -Hearsay
                     -Conversation with Haldeman
                         -Grand Jury
                         -Investigators
                -Connally
                -Richard G. Kleindienst
                     -Meeting with Ehrlichman, July 31, 1972
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                -Possible stratagy
                     -Delay
                -Timing
                -Ehrlichman’s role
                -Connally's conversation with Kleindienst
                -Haldeman's forthcoming meeting with Kleindienst and Ehrlichman
                -Role with Democrats for Nixon
                     -Connally
                -Kleindienst's schedule
                -Ehrlichman's possible conversation with Connally
                     -Kleindienst
                     -Request for suggested action

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Haldeman left at 6:40 pm.