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Trump stirs big buzz with decision to open JFK files; suddenly Ted Cruz is being summoned for comment

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President Donald Trump has decided to allow the release of more than 3,000 files related to the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy, despite pleas from the CIA to keep them hidden.

The president tweeted his decision on Saturday, ending speculation as to what he would do with the files that have been kept secret for more than three decades.

“Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” he said.

The majority of the documents set to be released on the 1963 assassination are from the 1960s and 1970s but, according to USA Today, many also come from the 1990s and were in response to the Oliver Stone movie “JFK” which raised conspiracy theories.

The National Archives were ordered by Congress to release the documents by Oct. 26, 2017 in the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992.

But the release could have been blocked by the sitting president. Something the CIA had been pressuring President Trump to do.

According to a congressional official who spoke to Politico, the CIA has been lobbying the president to stymie the release of some files that might affect national security, or to protect the identities of personas still alive who acted as informants.

Congressman Adam Schiff, who reminded everyone that President Trump insinuated, during the presidential campaign, that Sen. Ted Cruz’s father might have had a hand in the assassination.

A Democrat National Committee official supported that theory too, but Schiff didn’t bother to mention that.

Others on social media also wondered, tongue in cheek, if Cruz was worried about the release of the documents.

Progressives found a way to downplay the significance of the news and accuse President Trump of using it as a distraction.

Or Benghazi.

He took no credit. All he said was that he was going to allow it, as he could have blocked it.

Others were extremely excited about the news.

Probably.

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Carmine Sabia

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