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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 433« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Robert Edward Oswald Lee Resumed)

Mr. Mckenzie.
given any statements to the press as set forth in this article, particularly his testimony to the Commission.
And, further, that both Robert Oswald and his counsel have stated to the press that while Mr. Oswald was under oath to the Commission, and subject to recall by the Commission, that he would not issue any press statements, because I have likened it to a grand jury investigation, and I have stated this to the press.
And I did not deem it appropriate at any time for him to make any statements to the press of his testimony before this Commission.
And yet there are--I find in this article by Mr. Lewis, dateline February 21, certain excerpts from his testimony before the Commission--and it can come from only one place, and that is from someone on the Commission's staff.
Mr. Dulles.
Well, I may wish to make an exception to that--having been in Washington a long time, and knowing that things have a way of leaking, and many ways of leaking.
Mr. Mckenzie.
Well, sir, I will state to you--maybe my statement is too strong.
But I will state to you, sir, that at no time has Mr. Oswald or myself made any statements giving testimony to the press which has previously been given to the Commission.
Mr. Dulles.
I am very glad to hear that statement.
Mr. Mckenzie.
And, further----
Mr. Jenner.
I have every confidence in that. As a matter of fact, I have been with both of you most of the time.
Mr. Mckenzie.
And, further, if it has been given to the press by someone other than the people in this room, and I feel confident it was not given to the press by anyone because I have either been with you, Mr. Dulles, or Mr. Jenner. But I feel that the Commission should investigate this to see if there is a leak, and, if so, I feel that it is reprehensible.
Mr. Dulles.
I will present your statement to the Chief Justice. Do you wish to identify the statements to which you take exception?
Mr. Mckenzie.
I will identify it this way.
Let me just identify it this way: "His brother told the Commission that Lee seemed changed when he returned to the United States. He had lost a lot of hair, which Robert said was unusual for their family, and he appeared to be under a strain."
"Robert testified that the last time he saw Lee before the assassination was at Thanksgiving in 1962."
Now, I offer that, sir, for the record from the standpoint that that is testimony given to the Commission and quoted in this article.
There are other items or matters in the article which Mr. Lewis could have received from public records, or from newspaper morgues, or newspaper records. However, the two quotes that I have given from this article are direct testimony from the Commission, from the Commission's records.
Mr. Jenner.
I think in fairness, Mr. McKenzie, they are with respect to subject matter. I don't think they are direct quotes of the witness' testimony.
Mr. Mckenzie.
But you will agree with me, won't you, Mr. Jenner, that they are in respect to subject matter, matters testified to before the Commission by Robert Oswald?
Mr. Jenner.
The subject matter of the hair, yes. I recall specifically asking Mr. Oswald about that yesterday. We had not inquired of the witness about that prior to that time.
Mr. Mckenzie.
I might further add, sir, that I am familiar with the statements made to the press by you, Mr. Dulles.
Mr. Dulles.
I think you heard both of them that I made yesterday before the morning, afternoon and evening sessions.
Mr. Mckenzie.
Yes, sir; I did. And I would be remiss if I did not add that I know that you--when you have made statements to the press, you have been most fair, both to the press, to the Commission, and also the witness.
And I am in full accord with the statements that have been made to the press by yourself, by Mr. Rankin, and by the Chief Justice.
I might also add, Mr. Dulles, if I may, sir, that the only reason I bring this
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