Trump Signals He will Allow Release of JFK Documents
Trump Signals He will Allow Release of JFK Documents
Trump says he'll allow Kennedy assassination files to be released
23 October, 2017, 04:17
There are more than 3,000 documents that have never been seen by the public and more than 30,000 that have been previously released but with redactions.
Politico magazine earlier quoted Trump administration and other US government officials as saying the president would nearly certainly block the release of information from some of the thousands of classified files, which the US National Archives is scheduled to make public by an October 26 deadline.
'The American public deserves to know the facts, or at least they deserve to know what the government has kept hidden from them for all these years, ' said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. "Please do not allow exceptions for any agency of government".
Scholars and historians who have studied the assassination do not think the documents will lead to any bombshell discoveries, but the anticipated release still has them buzzing.
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Oswald claimed he was going to the embassies to get visas to enter the USSR and Cuba, according to the Warren Commission, the investigative body set up by President Lyndon B. Johnson - but much about the trip remains unknown.
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.
"The President believes that these 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", said a White House official speaking not for attribution.
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