Pres. Trump orders release of classified JFK assassination files
WASHINGTON, October 21, 2017 — President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that he intends to release never-before-seen government files related to the investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Congress ruled in 1992, that all documents related to the assassination can be released within 25 years, unless the president can prove that doing so would harm intelligence, law enforcement, military operations or foreign relations.
Most of the documents set to be declassified belong to the CIA and FBI, who have not said whether they have urged the president to keep the files under wraps. The documents still under seal include more than 3,000 files. The documents are scheduled to be made public Oct. 26.
Following the announcement by Pres. Trump, the White House released a statement to reporters saying:
“The President believes that these documents should be made available in the interests of full transparency unless agencies provide a compelling and clear national security or law enforcement justification otherwise.”
Many do not believe that the documents contain any big revelations. Conspiracy theories continue to swirl around the president’s death and who was behind it. A full document dump is not expected to put an end to those revelations.
Trump’s former top political adviser Roger Stone, wrote a book about a claim that Kennedy’s vice president was involved in Kennedy’s assassination. Fellow Republicans have also urged Trump to allow the full release of the documents. Many JFK scholars believe the trove of files may provide insight into a trip Oswald to Mexico, weeks before the killing. The files that were withheld in full were those the Assassination Records Review Board deemed “not believed relevant.”
The Archives in July published online more than 440 never-before-seen JFK assassination documents and thousands of others that had been released previously with redactions. Some also believe that some files will remain classified including IRS records of Jack Ruby. Others believe some key files were destroyed before the 1992 law was enacted.