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President Lyndon Johnson and Senator Eugene McCarthy

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The extent of the Kennedy administration's advance knowledge or even participation in the November 1, 1963 coup in South Vietnam and the assasination of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem has been a hotly debated political and historical issue for many years. In this conversation, President Johnson offers his own interpretation of events to Senator Eugene McCarthy.

In the days prior to this telephone call, McCarthy had been widely quoted in the press for his criticism of the recent resumption of bombing. In the call, President Johnson tried to convince McCarthy to tine down his criticism and had offiered a special briefing from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Maxwell Taylor, reasoning that, "I thought that if you had the information I had, that you might be assuaged somewhat, and relieved somewhat, and at least, maybe you could suggest a better alternative or something else."

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Tape: WH6602.01

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