Trump to OK release of remaining JFK assassination files

Aaron Brown
October 22, 2017

The 1963 assassination of JFK has always been muddied by conspiracy theories.

President Trump announced Saturday morning that he planned to release the tens of thousands of never-before-seen documents left in the files related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination held by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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.

However, the White House released a statement on Saturday saying the president believed the "documents should be made available in the interests of full transparency unless agencies provide a compelling and clear national security or law enforcement justification otherwise", reports The Washington Post.

Though Kennedy assassination experts say they don't think the last batch of papers contains any major bombshells, the president's decision to release the documents could heighten the clarity around the assassination, which has fueled so many conspiracy theorists, including Trump himself. Following Kennedy's murder, more than 30,000 government documents - totaling millions of pages - have been incrementally released to the public, although many of them have been redacted or only partially released. Instead of squashing conspiracy theories, the release of the last files may just exacerbate them.

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The CBS News further adds that Oswald's stated reason for going was to get visas that would allow him to enter Cuba and the Soviet Union, according to the Warren Commission, the investigative body established by President Lyndon B. Johnson, but much about the trip remains unknown.

President Donald Trump said he will allow thousands of JFK documents to be made public.

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. 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.

"There could be some jewels in there because in our level of knowledge in the 1990s is maybe different from today", Tunheim said.

Among those documents was a 1975 internal Central Intelligence Agency memo that questioned whether Oswald became motivated to kill Kennedy after reading an AP article in a newspaper that quoted Fidel Castro as saying "U.S. leaders would be in danger if they helped in any attempt to do away with leaders of Cuba".

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