President Trump to allow JFK assassination files to be released


On Saturday, President Donald Trump tweeted that, pending further information, he would allow the National Archives to release the last of the JFK assassination files.

"Yesterday, I had the opportunity to make the case directly to the president of the United States by phone as to why I believe it is essential that he release the balance of the now redacted and classified JFK assassination documents", Stone said, adding that "a very good White House source", but not the president, had told him the Central Intelligence Agency, "specifically CIA director Mike Pompeo, has been lobbying the president furiously not to release these documents".

The National Archives has said that, pending presidential approval, it would make all the released documents available on its website in a single day by October 26.

Though Kennedy assassination experts say they don't think the last batch of papers contains any major bombshells, the president's decision to release the documents could heighten the clarity around the assassination, which has fueled so many conspiracy theorists, including Trump himself.

The remaining files include more than 3,000 documents never seen by the public, as well as more than 30,000 files that were previously released with redactions.

The Washington Post reported that Trump had been urged by government agencies, including the CIA to keep the documents secret.

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Even Trump has accused America of plotting his predecessor's death, telling Fox News in 2016 that he believed the father of Republican Senator Ted Cruz had consorted with Oswald right before the shooting.

There is some doubt whether Trump will follow through with allowing the National Archives to dispense the documents in full.

They are interested, however, to see if any new details emerge over Lee Harvey Oswald, Kennedy's assassin, activities in Mexico in the fall of 1963. Walter Jones said in a statement earlier this month.

That deadline was set in 1992, when Congress passed the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act. One per cent of the records are completely secret. Most of the files are Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency records.

Some Kennedy assassination researcher believe the trove could shed light on a key question that President Lyndon Johnson tried to unsuccessfully put to rest in 1963: Did Oswald act alone, or was he aided or propelled by a foreign government?