Nearly 3,100 classified documents related to the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy in 1963 have been kept under lock and key, but were scheduled to be released to the public by October 26, unless the release was blocked by President Trump.
The media has been reporting in recent days that President Trump is expected to block the release of the files, which include FBI and CIA documents, claiming that Trump administration officials are concerned that making the files public may jeopardize national security.
However, President Trump made the surprise announcement in a Twitter post Saturday morning that he will likely be allowing the long-blocked files to be released to the public after all.
“Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” President Trump tweeted out Saturday morning.
Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 21, 2017
The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 was signed into law by former President George H.W. Bush, in an attempt to minimize conspiracy theories about Kennedy’s death, the Washington Examiner reported.
President Trump has been encouraged to release the files to the public by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Sen. Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who released the following statement recently:
“Transparency in government is critical not only to ensuring accountability; it’s also essential to understanding our nation’s history. The assassination of President Kennedy occurred at a pivotal time for our nation, and nearly 54 years later, we are still learning the details of how our government responded and what it may have known beforehand. Americans deserve a full picture of what happened that fateful day in November 1963. Shining a light on never-before-seen government records is essential to filling in these blank spaces in our history.”
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