Warren Commission: Conversation with Bill Moyers and Eugene Rostow

Speaker: Lyndon B Johnson
Delivered On: 11/24/1963
Place: Washington, DC
Subject: United States. Warren Commission.
Investigation of the assassination of
President John F. Kennedy
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Description: Here, we have selected telephone conversations concerning the Special Commission
to Investigate the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (the Warren Commission). President 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.

THIS RESOURCE: Bill Moyers (the President’s Special Assistant) and Eugene
Rostow (Dean of Yale Law School). Rostow suggests a presidential commission but
no Supreme Court justices.

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