FBI files show Ford cited Warren skeptics

Aug. 8, 2008 at 12:06 PM
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Divulged FBI files reveal future President Gerald Ford advised the FBI of skeptics on the Warren Commission in its Kennedy assassination inquiry.

Previously classified records obtained by The Washington Post detail a visit Ford made to one of J. Edgar Hoover's deputies in December 1963, three weeks after being named to the commission.

Ford, then a Republican congressman from Michigan, told FBI Assistant Director Cartha "Deke" DeLoach that two members of the seven-person commission remained unconvinced that U.S. President John Kennedy had been shot from the sixth-floor window of the Texas Book Depository in Dallas and three others "failed to understand" the trajectory of the bullets, the Post said.

The documents said Ford told DeLoach that those minority points of view on the commission "would represent no problem," The memo doesn't elaborate on "no problem," the Post said. The commission ruled that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in the Kennedy attack.

Much of the 500 pages in the FBI file concerns intelligence about Ford's political adversaries when he was president. But, the file also sheds light on the Kennedy investigation and the FBI's relationship with Ford, the Post said.

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