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

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

Trump's tweet comes as he is staring down an October 26 deadline set in law by Congress mandating the public release of the still-secret documents - including Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency files - barring any action by the President to block the release of certain documents.

Saturday morning, the president tweeted that he plans to allow the files to be opened. His social media post comes on the heels of reports that he meant to block the release of the files - set to be made public in less than a week by the National Archives.

The National Archives has until Thursday to disclose the remaining files related to Kennedy's 1963 assassination. Trump said Saturday he would approve the release of those top secret documents.

Even Trump has accused America of plotting his predecessor's death, telling Fox News in 2016 that he believed the father of Republican Senator Ted Cruz had consorted with Oswald right before the shooting. Also, Trump was not clear about whether he would publish all of the documents in full, or with some of them redacted.

Some Kennedy assassination researcher 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?

"No reason 2 keep hidden anymore", Grassley tweeted earlier this month. "Time 2 let American ppl + historians draw own conclusions". No one knows exactly what information is contained in the files; the only guide is an index that vaguely lists the contents of the secret documents.

Trump's tweet did allow some wiggle room for last-minute exclusions by noting that his decision was "subject to receipt of further information".

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told the magazine because some of the records within the thousands of pages of information were not created until decades later, they needed to be reviewed to guarantee there would be no "identifiable harm" to national security if they were to be made public.

There are about 3,100 previously unreleased files that hold tens of thousands of pages of new material. Phillips, Morley said, oversaw the agency's operations against Cuban president Fidel Castro and was deeply familiar with the CIA's surveillance of Oswald in Mexico City.

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