Johnson gets Warren report

By United Press International  |  September 24 1964
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WASHINGTON (UPI) -- Chief Justice Earl Warren today gave President Johnson his commission's exhaustive report on the assassination of President Kennedy.

It will be made public at 5:30 p.m. Chicago time Sunday.

Warren carried the thick volume into the White House, followed by the six other commission members. They conferred with Johnson for 20 minutes in the cabinet room and then posed for photographs.

Aside from casual greetings, nothing was said to reporters about the long-awaited document. The special investigators, accompanied by General Counsel J. Lee Rankin, arrived and left together in two black limousines.

Johnson has said he will read the 700-page report carefully and will take any action the commission suggests. It was expected to recommend -- among other things -- changes in security measures to protect the president.

In a letter to Warren made public by the White House, the President discharged the commission with thanks for a job well done. He commended the report "to the attention of all Americans and all our friends everywhere" and promised he would give it "the most careful study."

The report was specially bound for Johnson in navy blue, with the presidential seal in gold on the cover. Its 295,000 words includes a 10,000-word summary of the commission's findings over the last 10 months.

The other members of the special panel are senators Richard B. Russell, D-Ga., and John Sherman Cooper, R-Ky., representatives Hale Boggs, D-La., and Gerald R. Ford, R-Mich.; Allen W. Dulles, former director of the central intelligence agency, and former presidential adviser John J. McCloy.

Appointed by Johnson on Nov. 29, the commission had heard hundreds of witnesses and received voluminous written reports on all the circumstances surrounding the assassination in Dallas last Nov. 22.

Its major finding is expected to be that Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin, and his killer, Jack Ruby, acted as individuals and were not part of a conspiracy.

The report will be released for Monday morning newspapers. Radio and television station will be able to broadcast its contents starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the release time.

The document will go on sale Monday morning at the government printing office in Washington. The hard cover edition will cost $3.25; paperback copies, $2.50.

In his letter to Warren, the president said the commission had earned the American public's gratitude.

"Your commission, I know, has been guided throughout by a determination to find and to tell the whole truth of these terrible events," he said.

"This is our obligation to the good name of the United States of America and to all men everywhere who respect our nation, and above all to the memory of President Kennedy.

"I have given instructions for the prompt publication of this report to the American people and to the world. I, myself, shall give it the most careful study. I commend it to the attention of all Americans and all our friends everywhere."

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