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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XII - Page 158« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Charles Oliver Arnett)

Mr. Griffin.
Yes.
Mr. Arnett.
Not that I know of.
Mr. Griffin.
Has any other member of the staff interviewed you before I took your deposition?
Mr. Arnett.
The only one that interviewed me was the FBI men, came to my home, one of them was from Memphis, Tenn., and I don't know where the other one came from.
Mr. Griffin.
I don't have to ask you this, but we say it for the record anyhow. If anything should come to your attention which you think would be helpful to us or which you find maybe you want to make a correction in anything that you have told us, will you come to us and-
Mr. Arnett.
Absolutely.
Mr. Griffin.
And advise us?
Mr. Arnett.
I am for you 100 percent.
Mr. Griffin.
I certainly appreciate your assistance. That's all.

Buford Lee Beaty

Testimony of Buford Lee Beaty

The testimony of Buford Lee Beaty was taken at 9 a.m., on March 26, 1964, in the office of the U.S. attorney, 301 Post Office Building, Bryan and Ervay Streets, Dallas, Tex., by Mr. Burt W. Griffin, assistant counsel of the President's Commission.
Mr. Griffin.
For the record, I am Burt Griffin, and I am a member of the advisory staff of the general counsel's office for the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy.
This Commission has been appointed pursuant to Executive Order of President Johnson issued on November 29, 1963, and pursuant to a Joint resolution of Congress No. 137.
Under the provisions of the Resolution and Executive order, the Commission has authority to establish rules and procedure which they have done, and pursuant to those rules and procedures I have been designated to come here to Dallas to take your sworn deposition.
You are appearing here by virtue of a letter which was sent from the general counsel of the Commission, Mr. J. Lee Rankin, to Chief Curry.
Actually, you are entitled to receive a 3-day written notice. However, under the rules of the Commission, if you want to, you can waive the notice, and we can go forward without the actual letter, I will ask you a little later whether you want a letter, or waive it.
The scope of this investigation is that we are directed to investigate and evaluate and report back to President Johnson all the facts that surround the assassination of President Kennedy and the subsequent murder of Lee Harvey Oswald.

Our particular concern in calling you is in connection with the death of Lee Oswald, although I am going to ask you some questions that will develop a little background that people who are working on the assassination of the President can use to decide whether you were in a position to provide some physical action that something might have happened in which they are particularly concerned about and as to which they need more witnesses.
But our primary concern in talking to you is to find out the matters which might be relevant to Ruby, although we are interested in anything else that
you might know of your own knowledge that is valuable to the Commission. Let me ask you first of all, would you like us to get you a written letter.
Mr. Beaty.
No.
Mr. Griffin.
He is shaking his head no. I might say, she has to take your answer down.
Mr. Beaty.
I am sorry; no.
Mr. Griffin.
Now, also, you are entitled to an attorney.
Mr. Beaty.
What do I need an attorney for?
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