Robert F. Kennedy Reportedly Doubted The Warren Commission
Almost half a century after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald, it's come to light that the president's own brother, Robert F. Kennedy, might have been among those who was skeptical about the results found in the Warren Commission, the official report on Kennedy's death that states Oswald acted alone in killing the president on November 22, 1963.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. revealed his late father's thoughts on the subject at a panel discussion in Dallas this week. Publicly, Kennedy said, his father supported the document and its conclusion. Privately, however, "he was dismissive of it," Kennedy said. "My father believed the Warren report was a shoddy piece of craftsmanship."
Since Kennedy's death, speculation about the possibility that there was a second shooter on the "grassy knoll" has been rampant, as well as suspicion that Jack Ruby, Oswald's assassin, or his alleged mafia connections might have been involved.
Robert F. Kennedy reportedly asked the Justice Department to look into Oswald's own possible mafia and CIA connections, but didn't press the issue due to the climate of change and the national focus on the issue of civil rights.
Kennedy, Jr., "said the staff members found phone lists linking Jack Ruby, Oswald’s assassin, to organized crime figures with ties to the CIA, convincing the elder Kennedy that there was something to the allegations," wrote the Dallas Morning News. But, he let it go, feeling like “it was a distraction for him to make this a principal issue."
Robert F. Kennedy was, himself, assassinated on June 6, 1968 after giving a victory speech for winning the California Democratic primary.
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