Trump tweets he'll release Kennedy assassination files

Trump JFK Files
In this Nov. 22, 1963 file photo, President John F. Kennedy waves from his car in a motorcade approximately one minute before he was shot in Dallas. Riding with Kennedy are First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, right, Nellie Connally, second from left, and her husband, Texas Gov. John Connally, far left. The National Archives has until Oct. 26, 2017, to disclose the remaining files related to Kennedy’s assassination, unless President Trump intervenes.

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.

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.