LBJ: Are you familiar with this proposed group that they’re trying to put together on this study of your report?

JEH: No, I haven’t heard of that. I’ve seen the reports on the Senate investigating committee that they’re talking about.

LBJ: I want to get by with JUST YOUR FILE AND YOUR REPORT.

JEH: It would be VERY, VERY BAD TO HAVE A RASH OF INVESTIGATIONS.

LBJ: Well, the only way we can stop ’em is to probably appoint a high level one to evaluate your report and to put somebody that’s PRETTY GOOD on it, from… that I COULD SELECT and tell the House and Senate not to go ahead with their investigations.

LBJ: How did it happen THEY hit Connally?

JEH: Connally turned to the president when the first shot was fired and I think in that turning it was where he got hit.

LBJ: If he hadn’t turned he probably wouldn’t have got hit?

JEH: I think that is very likely.

LJB: Would the president have got hit with the second one?

JEH: No, the president wasn’t hit with the second one.

LBJ: I say, IF CONNALLY HADN’T BEEN IN HIS WAY?

JEH: Oh yes, yes, THE PRESIDENT WOULD NO DOUBT HAVE BEEN HIT.

LBJ: You’re more than the head of the Federal Bureau, as far as I’m concerned, you’re my brother and personal friend. You have been for 25 to 30 years. SO I DON’T WANT — I KNOW YOU DON’T WANT ANYTHING HAPPENING TO YOUR FAMILY.

JEH: Absolutely not!

The above are excerpts from a long and rambling recorded phone conversation between President Lyndon Johnson and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, on November 29, 1963 (one week after the assassination in Dallas).

Both parties knew it was a recorded line, and most of the conversation reflects a conscious attempt to avoid incriminating statements and keep it innocent-sounding. There are references to Oswald as a lone gunman, for example. However, there are some astounding remarks that slipped in.

In the first block we have the rationale for what would become the Warren Commission: to "stop" Congress from doing an independent investigation into the Kennedy assassination.

The second block was a major slip-up by these two characters. It reveals that both were aware of shots being fired from IN FRONT of the president’s limo. In other words, they both knew that there were multiple shooters and therefore a conspiracy.

The third block took place at the very end of the phone call. Johnson, always suspicious and paranoid of everyone, delivers a blunt threat to Hoover. And Hoover clearly knew enough about LBJ’s methods to take it very seriously.

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