Trump Has No Plans to Block Scheduled Release of JFK Records

22 October, 2017, 00:22 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • In 2013 to observe the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's death in Dallas the National Archives digitized many materials relating to his assassination. These Dallas Police Department booking

President Donald Trump signaled Saturday that he would allow the release of the last remaining classified documents surrounding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The files reportedly may include a Central Intelligence Agency personality study of Lee Harvey Oswald, testimonies from former Central Intelligence Agency officers, letters from then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, as well as files on other suspected players in the assassination.

The National Security Council warned Trump to withhold a batch of files that could shed more light on the November 1963 assassination.

The thousands of documents are set for release by the National Archives on October 26, but it has been unclear if President Trump would block their release on the basis of national security concerns. The agencies will not say whether they have appealed to the president to keep the records under wraps.

The still-secret documents include more than 3,000 that have never been seen by the public and more than 30,000 that have been released previously, but with redactions.

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Trump's tweet appears as though he's leaning towards a complete release documents, but The Post reported that he may stop short of fully disclosing all the information if the security establishment provides good cause.

Republican members of Congress, including Senate judiciary committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, of Iowa, have urged Trump to allow the full release of the documents.

In May 2016, while on the presidential campaign trail, Trump gave an interview to Fox News strongly accusing the father of his GOP primary opponent Sen.

Gerald Posner, author of the book Case Closed, which argues that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination, told CNN the most revealing files to be released involve circumstances around Oswald's trip to Mexico City seven weeks before the shooting in Dallas. No one knows exactly what information is contained in the files; the only guide is an index that vaguely lists the contents of the secret documents.

"It's great news that the president is focused on this and that he's trying to demonstrate transparency". Morley said Harvey led the agency's assassinations operations and feuded constantly with Kennedy's brother, Robert F. Kennedy, over the administration's crisis with Cuba. "There might be stuff on why we were interested in the Cuban consulate, how we surveilled the consulate, how we did our audio work, and how did we recruit spies there?"

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