Top secret FBI files were released that reveal a secret black channel Gerald R. Ford initiated in 1963 between J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI and the Warren Commission‘s investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
According to The Washington Post, newly obtained, declassified documents detail Ford’s visits to one of Hoover’s FBI agents in December 1963 – just three weeks after being named to the commission.
The memo, part of a 500 page file, tells how Ford, at the time a Republican congressman from Michigan, offered to secretly inform the FBI on the workings of the then-secret Warren Commission.
Ford told FBI Assistant Director Cartha D. "Deke" DeLoach that two members of the seven person commission remained unconvinced that Kennedy had been shot from the sixth floor of the Texas Book depository.
Three members "failed to understand" the trajectory of the bullets, Ford was reported as saying.
Ford then told DeLoach the dissenters on the commission "of course would present no problem."
Ultimately, The Warren Commission issued their report September 24, 1964 that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the JFK assassination.
Ford became President after the resignation of Richard M. Nixon August 8, 1974.