Warren Commission: Conversation with Sen. James Eastland
|Speaker:||Lyndon B Johnson|
This is the second conversation between
LBJ and Sen. James Eastland (Dem.-Miss.). Johnson seeks Eastand’s reaction
to the appointment of
Earl Warren to chair the commission. Johnson claims reluctance to appoint
Warren but regards it as a necessity. Here, we offer 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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