November 23, 2011

LBJ's Private Conversation With Hoover

Shirley Jahad, KPCC

On this day 48 years ago, a gunman assassinated President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. Hours after the shooting, Vice President Lyndon Johnson took the oath of office aboard Air Force One. It didn’t take long for the swirl of conspiracy theories to begin. At the White House a few days later, President Johnson talked on the phone with J. Edgar Hoover, chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Hoover briefed the new president on the investigation into the Kennedy assassination.


In the official White House telephone tape recordings Johnson kept, the sound is a bit scratchy and hissy.

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TAGGED: assassins, J. Edgar Hoover, Lyndon Johnson


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