Warren Commission, November 29, 1963 (10 of 19 on this date): Conversation with
Abe Fortas

Speaker: Lyndon B Johnson
Delivered On: 11/29/1963
Place: Washington, DC
Subject: United States. Warren Commission.
Investigation of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
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Description: Second conversation between
and Abe Fortas (Washington attorney and LBJ confidant), where Fortas
reviews a draft announcement of the commission. LBJ invites Fortas to serve. 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.
The matchup of personalities called on all of Johnson’s ability. Appeals to patriotism,
family, and honor were interspersed in his conversations. Some people were honored,
others were reluctant despite the Johnson treatment. In the end, all served. These
conversations explain how Johnson cobbled the committee together. (The conversations
are in chronological order.)

A comment about the recordings. These recordings vary dramatically in audio quality.
The recordings were made on Dictaphone Dictabelt equipment. You will hear many imperfections.
Sometimes the audio may be inaudible. This is not the fault of your RealAudio Player.
The problem lies in the source material. Do not be discouraged, for there are riches
to be found here that will illuminate those sad and frightening days following Kennedy’s

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