Trump Signals He will Allow Release of JFK Documents

Wendy Jensen
October 22, 2017

Former President George H.W. Bush signed a law in 1992 that disclosed classified records relating to the assassination, except those "where the strongest possible reasons counsel otherwise".

The FBI and the Warren Commission officially concluded that Oswald was the lone assassin, but various groups believed that Kennedy was the victim of a conspiracy. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the crime, but he was never prosecuted due to his murder by Jack Ruby two days later.

President Trump said Saturday that he will allow more than 3,000 classified files on the JFK assassination to be released next week by the National Archives as ordered by Congress.

"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.

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Bush's 1992 law set October 26, 2017 as the date by which the National Archives must release all records in full, unless a future president blocks their release.

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

The White House said in a statement to Politico earlier this week that the White House was working "to ensure that the maximum amount of data can be released to the public" by next week's deadline. In his tweet, Trump seemed to strongly imply he was going to release all the remaining documents.

The Washington Post reported that Trump had been urged by government agencies, including the CIA to keep the documents secret. Some have expressed concerns that the documents could be embarrassing to Mexico and damaging to US-Mexico relations.

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Trump's announcement comes after a number of government agencies requested he hold off on making the documents public, lest they expose relatively recent intelligence and law enforcement operations.

The CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation, whose records make up the bulk of the batch, won't say whether they've appealed to the Republican president to keep them under wraps.

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

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