Trump to OK release of remaining JFK assassination files

Oct 22, 2017, 01:25
Trump to OK release of remaining JFK assassination files

The classified files were scheduled to be made public by October 26, barring intervention by the president, under the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992.

Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.

The anticipated release of thousands of never-before-seen government documents related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination has scholars and armchair detectives buzzing.

'Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened, ' Trump tweeted Saturday morning.

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During the 2016 campaign, Trump made the unfounded claim that the father of GOP rival Sen.

The President, no stranger to conspiracy theories himeslf, may also have a personal interest in some of the released documents.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told the magazine because some of the records within the thousands of pages of information were not created until decades later, they needed to be reviewed to guarantee there would be no "identifiable harm" to national security if they were to be made public.

The Washington Post reported that Trump had been urged by government agencies, including the CIA to keep the documents secret. Ted Cruz was associated with Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, a claim he has never reneged nor apologized for. In his tweet, Trump seemed to strongly imply he was going to release all the remaining documents.

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The move comes against the advice of federal bodies that have expressed concern at the release of the documents.

Jefferson Morley, a former Post reporter who has studied the Kennedy assassination records for years, said the last tranche of material is also intriguing because it contains files on senior Central Intelligence Agency officials from the 1960s - officers well aware of Oswald's activities in the days before the assassination.

"There's a lot for conventional historians - we non-conspiracy theorists - to look forward to", he said.

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