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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. V - Page 420« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald Resumed)

The Chairman.
The Commission will consider that in connection with all other things that you asked for in connection with her writings.
Mr. Mckenzie.
And may I respectfully ask this. In the Commission's consideration of our request, in connection with the original instruments or documents, or whatever it may be, do you at this time have any idea how long it would be before the Commission would decide?
The Chairman.
Well, I think----
Mr. Mckenzie.
Mind you, I ask that as respectfully as I possibly can.
The Chairman.
Well, I answer you as well as I can. We are driving to conclude the work of the Commission, and we believe that it will be completed, in the next month--we hope so, anyway.
Mr. Mckenzie.
Of course she has no objection whatsoever for the Commission to have the documents which it now has as long as the originals are returned to her.
The Chairman.
We will give consideration to that, because there are some things that are evidence here, that belonged to him, that perhaps will have to remain evidence. I can't make any analysis of all of those things at the present time. But, for instance, let us say, the gun.
Mr. Mckenzie.
We want that, too.
The Chairman.
I say, we will give consideration to that. But I cannot give you any assurance of it at this time.
Mr. Rankin.
Mr. Chief Justice, I would like to have the record show at this point--we have no objection to what you propose and say we should do about supplying new copies of material, but I don't want the record to indicate we took their copies away from them, because we understand their manager and former counsel kept the copies or the originals, and have them. So that we are not just taking them for ourselves. I don't want the record to appear----
Mr. Mckenzie.
Mr. Rankin, I would not have the record reflect that, either. And I say that at all times that they were voluntarily given to the Commission. And the only thing I am asking for is a return of everything Mrs. Oswald has previously furnished the Commission, with the understanding that the Commission has the copies of them--she wants the originals back. In particular, there is a wedding ring that I would like to ask the Commission to return at this time.
The Chairman.
Well, these things will have to be considered, all of them, by the whole Commission, Counsel. But we will give them consideration. We won't be turning anything back today, because we want the whole Commission to see what is essential.
Mr. Mckenzie.
Thank you, sir.
The Chairman.
All right. I think that will be all. The Commission will adjourn.
(Whereupon, at 3:35 p.m., the President's Commission recessed.)

Robert Alan Surrey
Tuesday, June 16, 1964

Testimony of Robert Alan Surrey

The President's Commission met at 10:15 a.m., on June 16, 1964, at 200 Maryland Avenue NE. Washington, D.C.
Present were Chief Justice Earl Warren, Chairman; Senator John Sherman Cooper, and Representative Hale Boggs, members.
Also present were J. Lee Rankin, general counsel; and Albert E. Jenner, Jr., assistant counsel.
(Members present: Chief Justice Warren, Senator Cooper, and Representative Boggs.)
The Chairman.
Mr. Surrey, we have asked you to come here to testify concerning two things. The first is we want to ask you concerning the printing of
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