President Trump indicated Saturday he’s likely to allow the release of the final collection of classified government documents about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Trump announced his intentions in a early-morning tweet on the killing of the nation’s 35th president on Nov. 22, 1963. He conditioned his announcement, saying “subject to the receipt of further information, he would permit the files, held at the National Archives, to be opened.
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 President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, passed with the intent to stop conspiracy theories about Kennedy’s killing in Dallas, requires all files related to the assassination be publicly disclosed no later than 25 years after the enactment of the act, which would be Thursday. As president, Trump could block that release if he believed it would harm intelligence, law enforcement, military operations or foreign relations.
The files include 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, according to the Associated Press.
Intelligence agencies have urged against the documents’ release, citing concerns about national security.
Will Bunch, a columnist for the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com, wrote in 2013 of the need to end the secrecy over the Kennedy assassination , saying in part “whatever the facts – there’s no excuse for excessive government secrecy.”
Countless people took to Twitter to weigh in with their opinions.
I doubt there are going to be any new revelations in the Kennedy assassination. Trumps gonna be pretty fucking... https://t.co/4zYWj1HdlY
— Mister Higgins (@TheGFEwebcomic) October 21, 2017
If trump is doing one thing right, it's releasing the information on the Kennedy assassination
— Johann Schmidt (@mickdyl_) October 21, 2017