Tuesday, April 6, 1971 - 9:27am - 9:59am
Bob Haldeman, Stephen Bull
White House Telephone

White House Operator: Yes, please?

H.R. “Bob” Haldeman: Steve Bull, please.

White House Operator: Yes, sir. [Pause.]

White House Operator: Here’s Mr. Bull.

Haldeman: Steve?

Stephen B. Bull: Yes, sir.

Haldeman: [Senate Majority Leader Michael J.] Mansfield [D-Montana] is coming over to see the President between 10:30 and 10:45.

Bull: OK.

Haldeman: Completely off-the-record meeting. We told him to come in the southwest gate and into the EOB [Executive Office Building]. Someone should be out here to, you know, watch—catch his car and get him in here.

Bull: I’ll do it myself. Even—just bring him right in immediately?

Haldeman: To the EOB office, yeah.

Bull: All right.

Haldeman: Maybe the thing to do is call his office and have him pull in the driveway there. It’s raining.

Bull: Oh, in the—

Haldeman: EOB driveway.

Bull: The only thing is that if it’s really off the record, then we hustle him past quite a few people. Can we just pull him right up to the steps? I’d just have an umbrella?

Haldeman: You go up the steps, the press can see him. You go in the driveway, the only people that see him are the—

Bull: Oh, [unclear].

Haldeman: —the people in the building.

Bull: That’s a good idea. You’re right. OK.

Haldeman: I don’t think you see very many people. You pull in the driveway, walk right down the hall and up the—

Bull: Well, we’ll just . . . Right.

Haldeman: —elevator.

Bull: OK. Does anyone else know?

Haldeman: No.

Bull: OK, then I won’t tell anyone else, then. Fine.

Haldeman: Right.

Bull: OK.

Haldeman: OK?

Bull: Thank you.

Haldeman: Thanks.

Original tape courtesy of the Nixon Library. This transcript is a working draft. Please let us know if you find important errors.