Warren Commission: Conversation with Sen. Richard Russell
|Speaker:||Lyndon B Johnson|
LBJ and Sen. Richard
Russell (Dem.-Ga.) discuss the release of the FBI report and floats the idea of
Russell’s service on a presidential commission to investigate the assassination.
Russell declines. LBJ and Russell discuss commission membership. Russell weighs
the merits of a Supreme Court justice serving on the commission versus other candidates.
Here, we’re offering selected telephone conversations concerning the Special Commission
to Investigate the Assassination of
President John F. Kennedy (the Warren Commission). President John F. Kennedy
was assassinated in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963. Shortly thereafter, the House
of Representatives and the Senate considered independent investigations of the assassination
and the murder of Kennedy’s putative assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. To trump these
congressional efforts, President Lyndon Johnson decided to form a presidential commission
to investigate the assassination and Oswald’s death. These conversations document
the formation of the commission — indentified by the popular title “The Warren
Commission” — because the chairman was
Chief Justice Earl Warren.
The selected conversations you will hear document Johnson’s extraordinary persuasiveness.
A comment about the recordings. These recordings vary dramatically in audio quality.
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