Trump Tweets He’ll Withold Names and Addresses of Living in remaining documents
WASHINGTON, October 27, 2017 — Following the authorization of the release of more than 2,800 files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that he will make public the remaining files but withhold the names and addresses of people mentioned that are still alive.
Trump’s decision follows a meeting with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and other intelligence agency officials. Following the 1992 statute, the files were scheduled to be released Oct. 26, 2017, barring any presidential intervention. In a memo, Trump said his decision provides full access to the President Kennedy Assassination Records.
“The American public expects – and deserves – its government to provide as much access as possible to the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records so that the people may finally be fully informed about all aspects of this pivotal event,” Trump’s memo said. “Therefore, I am ordering today that the veil finally be lifted.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said other files would be held back for further review and released on a rolling basis in the next few weeks. Trump has received increased pressure from officials from the FBI, CIA and other federal agencies urging Trump to withhold some documents contain sensitive national security and law enforcement information. Trump’s memo instructs officials to release as many files as possible by April 26, 2018.
Among the files released include details on CIA plots to kill Castro and Dominican Republic President Rafael Trujillo, and FBI Director Hoover ordered the FBI follow a lead on Jack Ruby, bribery plot, a cable showing the FBI was tracking Oswald in August. Other files included notes from committees that investigated the original investigation of the assassination, as well as the 1968 killing of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Some of the notes were lists of newspaper articles or documents.
None of the files have been bombshells and the government continues to agree that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone when he killed Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.