Persuasive Appeals During the week after John Kennedy’s assassination, President Lyndon B. Johnson faced a volatile situation that dealt with the investigation of Kennedy’s murder. After convincing Congress to form The U.S. Commission to Report upon the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, Johnson successfully persuaded all crucial members to serve upon it; with the exception of Senator Richard Russell. The assigned head of the commission Chief Justice Earl Warren, a man who Russell disagreed with on nearly all subjects and thus Russell initially turned down his appointment to the committee. Johnson could not afford to form the commission with out his influence and support, as Russell served as the Chair of Senate Armed Services. After enduring nearly fifteen minutes of pressure from President Johnson in a phone call at 8:55 on November 29, 1963, Senator Russell agreed to serve on the commission. About three minutes into the conversation, Senator Russell made the first
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