Warren Commission: Conversation with Rep. Charles Halleck

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: LBJ and Rep. Charles
Halleck speak here (Rep.-Ind.). LBJ consults with House leadership prior to release
of statement. Johnson indicates his wish for Warren to chair the commission, though
Warren has declined to serve. Halleck opposes Warren’s appointment. Halleck agrees
to avoid a separate House investigation of the assassination. 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
death.

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