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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XIII - Page 37« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Detective L. D. Montgomery)

Mr. Montgomery.
Right here, let me put "news media," right below that so that I will know as well as someone else might know.
Mr. Griffin.
Okay. Sign it, if you would.
Mr. Montgomery.
Over here?
Mr. Griffin.
That would be fine.
Mr. Montgomery.
You want me to date it or anything?
Mr. Griffin.
No; that's all right. We have got it on the record here. "The reporter will say witness signs an exhibits."
All right. Okay. That concludes our interview, and thank you.

Donald McMillon

Testimony of

The testimony of Thomas Donald McMillon was taken at 10:30 a.m., on March 25, 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.
How are you? Sit down over here, Tom. I want to explain to you what we are doing here. Like I said, my name is Burt Griffin and I am a member of the advisory staff to the General Counsel of the President's Commission investigating the assassination of President Kennedy. This Commission has been set up by virtue of an order of President Johnson, Executive Order 11130, dated November 29, 1963, and also under Joint Resolution of Congress 137. Pursuant to these documents, there have been a series of rules of procedure enacted, and pursuant to those rules of procedure, I have been authorized to take a sworn deposition from Officer McMillon here. I want to say initially that the general nature of the Commission's inquiry is to ascertain, evaluate, report upon the facts that relate to the assassination of President Kennedy, also, of course, the subsequent death of Lee Harvey Oswald. As far as you are concerned, Mr. McMillon, we are primarily concerned here with the death of Oswald; although, if there is any other information that you have that you think would be pertinent to this inquiry, we would certainly appreciate your coming forward with it. Now, we have asked you to come here today through a general request, which was made by the General Counsel of the President's Commission, addressed in a letter to Chief Curry. Actually, under the rules adopted by the Commission, you are entitled to have a 3-day written notice of any appearance for this purpose, and, however, there is also a provision that you may waive this written notice if you want to, and I ask you right now if you would prefer to have us give you a written notice.
Mr. Mcmillon.
Mr. Griffin.
Or do you want to waive it?
Mr. Mcmillon.
No; I will waive that. It is okay.
Mr. Griffin.
Now, you are also permitted to be represented by counsel here, and I assume, since you haven't come with an attorney, that it is your desire not to have one, but if you do desire one, tell me at this point. Tell me.
Mr. Mcmillon.
I don't feel like I need an attorney here present now, but I want to reserve the right to have counsel if I feel like I need it.
Mr. Griffin.
Certainly you have that right at that time, and I mean to cover that. I also mean to tell you that this is not--we are not involved in a trial, we have no authority to prosecute anybody for any crime. All of that is to be handled by the State of Texas. The only crime that can be committed in connection with this investigation is perjury, and it is very, very important that we find out all of the facts that surround this and find them out truthfully. This investigation is more important, I think, than anybody can really realize to the national security, and if there is any way that I can impress upon you the importance of this, that our interest is getting the truth for this purpose and our interest is not in going out and trying to put anybody in jail or anything like that.
Mr. Mcmillon.
All right.
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