Interview with Harry McPherson
QUESTION 23
PAUL STECKLER:

Can I go back one second, that's very good, to the files just one more time. Would you say that J. Edgar Hoover would frequently bring in FBI files on King to President Johnson?

HARRY MCPHERSON:

I think King, I'm sorry, let me back up. I think Hoover on more than one occasion, brought files to Johnson that were derogatory about King. I don't know how often and I don't if, ah, Johnson, ah, believed more than 50 percent of what he read. He might use what he read, ah, to belabor those of us who said, "We have to be more understanding of King." Johnson would say, "You ought to see what I've seen about King." But at the same time he, he was too skeptical of J. Edgar Hoover to have believed everything he saw in FBI files.

PAUL STECKLER:

Cut for one second?

PAUL STECKLER:

That's fine.