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Adding to Bolden’s predicament was word from his attorneys in 1967 that he was aware of an assassination plot against President Kennedy. Kennedy was scheduled to visit Chicago at some point when Bolden was on the job and that the trip was canceled based on his tip.

Since his 1964 firing and the 39 months he served in prison, Bolden has worked to clear his name of the charges. Bolden claims that he was set up by fellow agents as he was intending to go before the Warren Commission, a group established by Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate the 1963 assassination of Kennedy, and tell of misconduct within the agency.

Bolden said that white agents resented President Kennedy over his efforts to racially integrate the agency. In his 2008 memoir, The Echo from Dealey Plaza, Bolden restated his position that agents were lax on the job as a result of President Kennedy’s policies.

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