With Trump's Approval, The Last Of The JFK Files Can Be Released

Danny Woods
October 22, 2017

The U.S. National Archives has said that, pending presidential approval, it would make all the files available on its website in a single day by next Thursday.

Trump caveated the decision as being "subject to the receipt of further information".

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.

He didn't specify if he would allow all of the files to be opened, and, should he change his mind, he has until October 26 to block the release.

Actually, the release of the CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation documents has been scheduled for a quarter of a century by law (the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act), but according to reports, some in the intelligence community had suggested keeping at least some of the documents under wraps for national security purposes, a power the President has.

The White House said in a statement to Politico earlier this week that the White House was working "to ensure that the maximum amount of data can be released to the public" by next week's deadline.

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During the 2016 campaign, Trump made the unfounded claim that the father of GOP rival Sen.

While many have argued his death came at the hands of his own government, there is no conclusive evidence to prove that Kennedy's killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, acted in consort with anyone else.

The Washington Post reported that Trump had been urged by government agencies, including the CIA to keep the documents secret. Two Republican lawmakers introduced legislation on Capitol Hill this fall to prod Trump into releasing the last remaining records related to the assassination.

Under the terms of the Congressional act, Trump could have blocked the release on the grounds that making the material public would harm intelligence, law enforcement, military operations or foreign relations.

"There's a lot for conventional historians - we non-conspiracy theorists - to look forward to", he said.

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