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.
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 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.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) October 21, 2017
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.
Bad news for Dad Cruz https://t.co/moY2ru9W6S
— Bearded Stoner (@beardedstoner) October 21, 2017
Ted Cruz must be shook
— Craig Danger (@CraigDDanger) October 21, 2017
— Conservative R G (@ConservativeRG) October 21, 2017
Progressives found a way to downplay the significance of the news and accuse President Trump of using it as a distraction.
This is how Trump tries to distract from the death of 4 Americans in Niger due to Trump admin’s intelligence failures https://t.co/teF0Qzny2W
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@Deanofcomedy) October 21, 2017
We may find out the truth about JFK assassination before we find out what really happened in Niger https://t.co/ffe73xyBo8
— Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) October 21, 2017
This was already scheduled, as Congress mandated in 1992 that all assassination documents be released within 25 years, with Oct. 26 as the release date https://t.co/ENlvskvdo4
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) October 21, 2017
He is taking credit for the JFK Records Act of 1992 (which gave October 26, 2017 as the declassification date), but I doubt he knows that. https://t.co/6iIuVTSfKU
— Alex Wellerstein (@wellerstein) October 21, 2017
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.
Oh man… it’s going down. I am psyched! https://t.co/1iMv9IV9WV
— Tim Roberts (@21stCenturyTim) October 21, 2017
— NPC President (@NPCPresident) October 21, 2017
Thank you. This is the correct decision. Please do not allow exceptions for any agency of government. JFK files have been hidden too long. https://t.co/mqo7Q9XWt3
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) October 21, 2017
— Deplorable?Rāzərbak (@MediaJuggernaut) October 21, 2017
— Lisa Smith (@lsmith4680) October 21, 2017
— General John F Kelly (@GenJohnFKelly) October 21, 2017
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