LBJ Discusses the Supreme Court

80px-Lbj2I’ve posted before about Lyndon Johnson’s blunt tactics with respect to the Supreme Court (talking Justice Arthur Goldberg into leaving to become UN Ambassador, making Ramsey Clark AG to get Tom Clark off the Court, etc.)  In 1968, Chief Justice Warren attempted to retire, and I’ve recently come across the tapes on which LBJ discussed the vacancy and the subsequent unsuccessful nomination of Justice Fortas as his successor.  (LBJ, like Richard Nixon, also had White House tapes.)  If you’re interested, here is the link.  You get to hear LBJ . . . well . . . being LBJ.

 

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