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Trump has no plan to block scheduled release of JFK records

Trump has no plan to block scheduled release of JFK records

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.

The classified files were scheduled to be made public by October 26, barring intervention by the president, under the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992.

Assassination experts say the secret records may reveal new details about what the Central Intelligence Agency knew of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald's trip to the Soviet and Cuban embassies in Mexico City weeks before he shot Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

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 due to make public by an October 26 deadline.

Trump's tweet appears as though he's leaning towards a complete release documents, but The Post reported that he may stop short of fully disclosing all the information if the security establishment provides good cause. "Please do not allow exceptions for any agency of government", tweeted Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics and author of a book about Kennedy, who has urged the president to release the files.

The remaining files include more than 3,000 documents never seen by the public, as well as more than 30,000 files that were previously released with redactions.

During the 2016 campaign, Trump made the unfounded claim that the father of GOP rival Sen. One per cent of the records are completely secret. Also, Trump was not clear about whether he would publish all of the documents in full, or with some of them redacted.

Some Kennedy assassination researcher believe the trove could shed light on a key question that President Lyndon Johnson tried to unsuccessfully put to rest in 1963: Did Oswald act alone, or was he aided or propelled by a foreign government? But he wonders to what degree the papers will ultimately be released. 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. "We might understand much better why they were watching Oswald".


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