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Estes and JFK Part 2


Larry Hancock
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There is evidence that John and Robert Kennedy were attempting to use several emerging scandals (Bille Sol Estes, Bobby Baker, Fred Korth) to remove LBJ from power.

For example, on 1st June, 1962, the Dallas News reported that President John F. Kennedy had "taken a personal interest in the mysterious death of Henry Marshall." As a result, the story said, Robert Kennedy "has ordered the FBI to step up its investigation of the case."

Carl Curtis was a Republican member of the Senate Committee investigating the Bobby Baker case. Two other Republican members, John Williams and Hugh Scott, were asking some very difficult questions (see the LBJ tapes to discover how he tried to blackmail these three men into silence). In his autobiography, Forty Years Against the Tide, Curtis reveals that throughout the inquiry, it was Robert Kennedy who was leaking information about LBJ to John Williams.

I have also discovered some newspaper articles that show that Robert Kennedy was trying to get LBJ via the Billie Sol Estes scandal.

(1) David Hanners, Dallas Morning News (4th April, 1984)

In his appearance before the grand jury last month, Estes testified that Robert Kennedy may have offered Marshall protection if he would testify against Johnson, sources said.

Sources close to the grand jury said Estes testified that Johnson, while Senate majority leader, controlled a political "slush fund" raised from some of Estes' illegal business dealings.

"He (Sanders) made, several times daily, telephone reports to Robert Kennedy as to what was happening," Wilson said. "We were aware of the tremendous emotional and personal rivalry between Robert Kennedy and LBJ. The Kennedys closely observed the proceedings and followed them by the hour Wilson said he believes Estes is telling the truth about the plot.

(2) David Hanners, Dallas Morning News (6th January, 1985)

Among those watching the grand jury proceedings was Barefoot Sanders, then U. S. Attorney in Dallas and now a federal judge. Former Texas attorney General Will Wilson said Sanders, who has declined repeated requests for interviews on the Estes case, was in constant communication with Justice Department officials, particularly with Robert Kennedy, the U. S. Attorney General. Wilson said he believed Kennedy, who Wilson said had an intense dislike for Johnson, had sent Sanders to monitor the grand jury to see if the Vice President's name arose.

Other sources seemed to agree with this scenario. It was generally known by many, that there was a political rift between Johnson and Robert Kennedy.

We also have evidence from Evelyn Lincoln that JFK intended to drop LBJ as vice president in 1964. If this is all true, and I suspect it is, and LBJ found out what JFK and RFK were up to, then he had a clear cut motive to arrange the assassination before he lost power. We must not forget that on the day JFK was assassinated, Don Reynolds was providing evidence of LBJ's corruption before a closed session of the Senate Rules Committee. It is highly likely that when JFK returned to Washington he would have sacked LBJ. Unfortunately, he returned in a coffin.

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For example, on 1st June, 1962, the Dallas News reported that President John F. Kennedy had "taken a personal interest in the mysterious death of Henry Marshall." As a result, the story said, Robert Kennedy "has ordered the FBI to step up its investigation of the case." (John Simkin)

Here is that news report.

James

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