Published: Sun, October 22, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Trump to OK release of remaining JFK assassination files

Trump to OK release of remaining JFK assassination files

President Trump said he will allow the release of long-classified Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation documents about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he would allow the release of more than 3,000 previously classified files related to former President John F. Kennedy's assassination more than half a century ago.

Saturday morning, the president tweeted that he plans to allow the files to be opened.

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

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That conclusion, however, has not satisfied many conspiracy theorists. His social media post comes on the heels of reports that he meant to block the release of the files - set to be made public in less than a week by the National Archives.

While most of the investigative information on Kennedy's death has been released by the National Archives over the years, a small batch of files remain locked away and Trump is the only one who can authorise their release. Walter Jones said in a statement earlier this month.

Sabato and other JFK scholars believe the trove of files may, however, provide insight into assassin Lee Harvey Oswald's trip to Mexico City weeks before the killing, during which he visited the Soviet and Cuban embassies.

That deadline was set in 1992, when Congress passed the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act. Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, brought forward resolutions calling on Trump to "reject any claims for the continued postponement" of the documents.

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After nearly 54 years of questions and conspiracy theories, the world may finally learn all that was officially recorded about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

'It's great news that the president is focused on this and that he's trying to demonstrate transparency, ' said Phil Shenon, who wrote a book about the Warren Commission.

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