Trump says he will let JFK assassination documents be released

Posted October 23, 2017

US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that, subject to receipt of further information, he planned to allow the opening of long-secret files on the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy due for release next week.

Scholars have been speculating for weeks whether Trump would release the documents related to Kennedy's death.

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. Some files have been previously released, many containing redactions to safeguard sources and intelligence assets.

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Roger Stone, a right-winger who has always been a friend of Trump's, wrote a book alleging that Johnson was the driving force behind Kennedy's assassination.

Mr Trump had the power to block the release of the documents, and intelligence agencies are thought to have pressured him to do so for at least some of them. Kennedy was 46 and remains one of the most admired United States presidents.

They are interested, however, to see if any new details emerge over Lee Harvey Oswald, Kennedy's assassin, activities in Mexico in the fall of 1963.

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"You know, his father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being, you know, shot", Mr Trump told Fox News in an interview in May 2016, as he battled the Texas senator for the nomination. Did Oswald act alone, or was he aided by a foreign government?

Trump political consultant Roger Stone said he opposes delaying the records' release.

'Yesterday I had the opportunity to make the case directly to the president of the United States by phone as to why I believe it is essential that he release the balance of the now redacted and classified JFK assassination documents, ' Stone said.

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"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", a White House official said. It sheds very bad light on the deep state, ' he said.