UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
TO: MR. ROSEN
From: C.A EVANS
DATE: July 5, I960
Subject: WEST VIRGINIA ELECTION LAW MATTERS
Robert Kennedy, former Chief Counsel of the McClellan Committee and brother of Senator Kennedy, telephoned. He advised that Jack Anderson, associate of Drew Pearson had called Senator Kennedy's office at about 1:45 p. m. today. Anderson talked with one of the Senator's assistants. Anderson is reported to have stated that Drew Pearson had received information that the FBI had conducted an extensive investigation with reference to Senator Kennedy's campaign in West Virginia; that a voluminous FBI report which contained an extensive amount of derogatory information concerning Senator Kennedy was being delivered to the Department today.
Bob Kennedy asked for his own information whether there was any truth to what Anderson said. Kennedy was informed that the FBI had not conducted any investigation of Senator Kennedy in this regard. Bob Kennedy said this was most reassuring and he was aware of our policy of Informing reliable Government officials should any request for investigation be made and he knew his brother had never been advised of any FBI investigation.
Bob Kennedy continues to be most enthusiastic and optimistic with reference to his brother's possibility of obtaining the Democratic nomination.
As a matter of background, the allegation publicly made with reference to vote on the part of the Kennedy forces in the West Virginia primary did not involve a violation of Federal law. The investigation which we did conduct in West Virginia at the request of the Department concerned the illegal moving of a polling place and was not concerned with Senator Kennedy's campaign to any way.