Trump says he'll allow Kennedy assassination files to be released

Kristopher Drake
October 22, 2017

Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) had been with accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald before the shooting, a suggestion that offended and angered Cruz, who called then candidate Trump a "pathological liar".

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.

President Donald Trump says he doesn't plan to block the scheduled release of thousands of never publicly seen government documents related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination.

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.

"After 54 years, there is no reason, for the sake of honesty and integrity in America, that the facts of the JFK assassination should not be made public".


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. Two Republican lawmakers introduced legislation on Capitol Hill this fall to prod Trump into releasing the last remaining records related to the assassination.

Phil Shenon, who wrote a book about the Warren Commission, the congressional body that investigated Kennedy's killing, said he was pleased with Trump's decision to release the documents.

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 1992 Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act required that the millions of pages - many of them contained in Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation documents - be published in 25 years, by October 26.

Some Kennedy assassination researchers believe the trove could shed light on a key question that president Lyndon Johnson tried to unsuccessfully put to rest in 1963: did Oswald act alone, or was he aided or propelled by a foreign government?

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

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