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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. X - Page 136« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Helen P. Cunningham)

Mrs. Cunningham.
lot of backgrounds in it, and you see "Oswald" is not again a name that would indicate anything but an American background--the appearance of the American, his speech, and so I just give those two basic reasons.
Mr. Jenner.
Did you inquire of him as to whether he spoke Russian with a view in mind possibly of recording that as a job qualification?
Mrs. Cunningham.
No, sir; I did not. If he had been apparently a Russian citizen or of Russian derivation, I could well have done it, as I enter Spanish, or Polish, or German, and I would not think that Russian would be very helpful because all of this background doesn't say--translator-or again any of the rare jobs or professional, does it, and that in our classification is professional work.
Mr. Jenner.
I can think of nothing else that has stimulated me to inquire further of you. I appreciate very much your coming over and this has been a helpful interview and at some inconvenience to you, I appreciate. You have been very helpful and very cooperative. Now, you may read your deposition, make any corrections in it you wish, sign it and Miss Oliver will have it ready sometime next week. If you will call Mr. Barefoot Sanders' office and speak with his secretary, she will let you know when it is ready to be read.
Mrs. Cunningham.
Let me make a note as to when and where.
Mr. Jenner.
All right--she will have it for you, and thank you again very much.


R. L. Adams

Testimony of R. L. Adams

The testimony of R. L. Adams was taken at 1:55 p.m.. on April 1, 1964, in the office of the U.S. attorney, 301 Post Office Building, Bryan and Ervay Streets, Dallas, Tex., by Mr. Albert E. Jenner, Jr., assistant counsel of the President's Commission. Robert T. Davis, Assistant Attorney General of Texas, was present.
Mr. Jenner.
Mr. Adams, would you rise and be sworn, please?
Mr. Adams.
Mr. Jenner.
Do you solemnly swear in the testimony which you are about to give on deposition that you will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?
Mr. Adams.
I do.
Mr. Jenner.
For the record, I am Albert E. Jenner, Jr., one of the members of the legal staff on the President's Commission, which, as I believe you know, was authorized to be created by Senate Joint Resolution 137, and President Johnson added to that legislative authority by an Executive Order 11130 appointing the Commission and fixed its powers and duties. In general its duties are directed towards investigating all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the tragic event of November 22, 1963, the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
This has brought us as members of the staff and the Commission itself to inquire into a rather wide range of circumstances, including running down a lot of things that have arisen by way of rumor and otherwise, to sort out the wheat from the chaff.
One of the people towards whom our particular inquiries have been directed is Lee Harvey Oswald, and we have testimony from a host of people who had some contact with him during his lifetime.
The particular assignment of our division, Mr. Liebeler and I and others helping us, is of Mr. Oswald's life from the day he came on this earth until his death on the 24th of November 1963.
If I may ask you some questions--I understand you had some contact with him or in your official capacity in the Texas Employment Commission, you in turn have people under your supervision and direction at least who had contact with him?
Mr. Adams.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Jenner.
You are Mr. R. L. Adams of the Texas Employment Commission, .and is that located at 1025 Elm Street?
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