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Warren: “No Useful Purpose” to Make FBI Findings on Assassination Public

Dec. 16, 1963 - Chief Justice Earl Warren said today it “would serve no useful purpose at this time” to make public the findings of an FBI report on the assassination of President Kennedy and the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald. At the conclusion of a meeting of his investigative commission, Warren said the group, for now, would withhold the findings. The report is understood to identify Oswald as Mr. Kennedy’s killer. It is also said to state there is no connection between Oswald, the 24-year-old Communist sympathizer, and Jack Ruby, the nightclub owner who shot him to death. When President Johnson appointed the commission, he indicated that the FBI report might be made public before the commission concludes its work. But Warren made it clear today that the commission does not think it judicious at this point to divulge the FBI material. The State Department submitted to the Warren panel today all the information it has regarding Oswald’s adventures in the Soviet Union from 1959 to 1962. The State Department report also discusses Oswald’s mysterious trip to Mexico a few months ago. Warren said the commission was in the process of hiring staff members.


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