Trump plans to release JFK assassination documents despite concerns from federal agencies

Archivist Ken Hawkins looked over files concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in May 1994 at the National Archives in College Park Md

Archivist Ken Hawkins looked over files concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in May 1994 at the National Archives in College Park Md

President Donald Trump announced Saturday, with a tweet, that he would allow the classified documents related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy to be released "subject to the receipt of further information".

The classified files were scheduled to be made public by October 26, barring intervention by the president, under the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992.

Trump can withhold the release of certain documents if he believes their release could pose harm to United States intelligence, law enforcement, the military or USA foreign relations.

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

While the documents are set to give closure to a monumental moment in American history, Kennedy assassination experts don't believe they'll contain any "bombshell" revelations, according to the Post.

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The Washington Post reported earlier Saturday that an unidentified National Security Council official said in an interview that some unnamed federal agencies were asking Trump not to release an unknown number of the files because they involved sources and methods used by the agencies.

JFK scholars believe the trove of files may provide insight into assassin Lee Harvey Oswald's trip to Mexico City weeks before the killing, during which he visited the Soviet and Cuban embassies, reports CBS News. Instead of squashing conspiracy theories, the release of the last files may just exacerbate them.

He said the release would be subject "to the receipt of further information". The National Archives is required to release all of its JFK documents by Thursday, 25 years to the day after President George H.W. Bush signed the JFK Assassination Records Act.

Its members sought to ensure they weren't hiding any information directly related to Kennedy's assassination, but there may be nuggets of information in the files that they didn't realize were important two decades ago, he said.

Posner said that the conspiracy theories about the Central Intelligence Agency and mob working together to assassinate a head of state are true - but the target was Cuban leader Fidel Castro, not Kennedy.

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