Trump to allow release of thousands of JFK files by National Archives


U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he would allow the release of more than 3,000 previously classified files related to former President John F. Kennedy's assassination more than half a century ago.

While many have argued his death came at the hands of his own government, there is no conclusive evidence to prove that Kennedy's killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, acted in consort with anyone else. 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.

During the 2016 campaign, Trump made the unfounded claim that the father of GOP rival Sen.

Politico also reported that longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone was urging Trump to release the files, and that Stone said in a recent interview he felt "optimistic" that Trump would allow the release of the files.

Republican members of Congress, including Senate judiciary committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, of Iowa, have urged Trump to allow the full release of the documents. But he also hedged, suggesting that if between now and October 26, other government agencies made a strong case not to release the documents, he wouldn't.

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"No reason 2 keep hidden anymore", Grassley tweeted earlier this month. Some have expressed concerns that the documents could be embarrassing to Mexico and damaging to US-Mexico relations.

Jefferson Morley, a former Post reporter who has studied the Kennedy assassination records for years, said the last tranche of material is also intriguing because it contains files on senior Central Intelligence Agency officials from the 1960s - officers well aware of Oswald's activities in the days before the assassination.

John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American statesman who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.

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