Donald Trump to release JFK files, subject to 'further information'

22 October, 2017, 02:35 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Judge Sarah T. Hughes administered the presidential oath to Lyndon Johnson aboard Air Force One at Love Field after Kennedy's death. Johnson's wife Lady Bird and the slain president's widow Jackie Kennedy were among the witnesses. (Ce

US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he will allow the National Archives to release thousands of pages of secret government documents on the John F. Kennedy (JFK) assassination, a media report said.

Kennedy was shot and killed on November 22, 1963 and his death has captivated the world ever since with movies, books, documentaries and conspiracy theories contesting the circumstances that lead to his untimely demise. 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.

Stone tweeted Saturday morning that he urged Trump to release the classified documents.

Some Republican lawmakers have also been urging Trump for a full release. Walter Jones said in a statement earlier this month. 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. "Time 2 let American ppl + historians draw own conclusions".

Pending the President's possible interjection, the National Archives will release the files on October 26.

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Trump broke this new on Twitter. Lee Harvey Oswald was convicted of his murder, with the Warren Commission appointed by Kennedy's successor, Lyndon Johnson, finding he acted alone.

But some experts fear the history that may be lost forever in unreadable documents in the trove. One per cent of the records are completely secret.

Trump's tweet did allow some wiggle room for last-minute exclusions by noting that his decision was "subject to receipt of further information". But he wonders to what degree the papers will ultimately be released.

Others wanted nothing held back and some news outlets were suggesting the timing of the release might help distract from allegations of the President's possible ties to Russian Federation. "But the question remains whether he will open the library in full - every word in every document, as the law requires", Shenon said.



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