President Donald Trump confirmed Saturday that he will release the trove of documents related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
What did he say?
Trump made the announcement from his personal Twitter account Saturday morning.
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 tweet countered a story in Politico magazine on Friday, which said that Trump planned to block the release of some of the documents. The story said it was a “slim possibility that the always-unpredictable Trump could decide at the last minute to release all the remaining JFK files.”
How many will be released?
The release will include more than 3,000 that have never before been released, and another 30,000 that have been released but with redactions.
What new information can I expect?
From CBS News:
JFK scholars believe the trove of files may provide insight into assassin Lee Harvey Oswald’s trip to Mexico City weeks before the killing, during which he visited the Soviet and Cuban embassies. 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.
Among the protected information up for release is details about the arrangements the U.S. entered into with the Mexican government that allowed it to have close surveillance of those and other embassies, said Tunheim, a federal judge in Minnesota.
Kennedy experts also hope to see the full report on Oswald’s trip to Mexico City from staffers of the House committee that investigated the assassination, said Rex Bradford, president of the Mary Ferrell Foundation, which publishes assassination records.
Why are they being released now?
The thousands of never-before-seen documents are slated to be released by Thursday. The date was established 25 years ago in the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, which sought to release the documents and minimize conspiracy theories surrounding JFK’s murder.
The National Archives is releasing the documents.