Skip to comments.Trump orders release of 2,800 JFK files, withholds others pending review
Posted on 10/26/2017 4:49:53 PM PDT by markomalley
The White House said Thursday that the National Archives will only partially release a final cache of documents related to the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy, as President Trump grants additional time to agencies seeking redactions.
Trump is giving agencies an extra six months to review documents, using his authority to grant a waiver under 1992 legislation that established Thursday as a deadline to release nearly all of the 5 million pages of documents relating to the assassination.
About 1 percent of the collection was withheld in full by a review commission in the 1990s. Another 11 percent was previously released with redactions, according to the archive.
Officials said about 2,800 records will be released Thursday.
Senior administration officials said on a White House background call Thursday evening that Trump granted the waiver in response to concern from agencies about revealing sensitive information, specifically relating to the use of sources and cooperation with other countries.
The officials said Trump will insist that agencies pare down redactions to a bare minimum by the end of the six-month window.
The vast majority of the requests came from the FBI and the CIA, one official on the call said.
An official on the call brushed off a question about whether records show the father of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was involved in the assassination plot, which the U.S. government blames on a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald. Trump floated the Cruz theory during the 2016 GOP primary.
The official said they would leave it up to the researchers to make their own determinations.
The 1992 legislation that requires disclosure passed after the 1991 release of Oliver Stone's film "JFK," which revived several conspiracy theories about Kennedy's assassination.
Trump, who had ultimate censor authority over all but a small subset of records, had expressed enthusiasm as the disclosure neared, tweeting Wednesday, The long anticipated release of the #JFKFiles will take place tomorrow. So interesting!
Asked if the president was disappointed in the delay, one official said, The president wants to ensure there is full transparency here and is expecting that the agencies do a better job at reducing conflicts in the redactions.
Polling shows that conspiracy theories about Kennedys assassination remain widespread.
A FiveThirtyEight-commissioned SurveyMonkey poll conducted last week found just 33 percent of Americans believe only one man was responsible consistent with the 30 percent found in 2013 by Gallup, which for decades has tracked long-standing doubt. One theory, offered by Trump confidant Roger Stone in a 2013 book argues that Lyndon B. Johnson, who the killing made president, was involved.
Ahead of the documents release, experts cautioned that theres likely nothing that changes the official account of Kennedys death, that Oswald acted alone.
One of the 1990s document review boards members, U.S. District Judge John Tunheim, told the Washington Examiner this week that much of what wasnt released previously dealt with sources and methods of gathering information, but no deeper secrets about the event.
"Anything that we saw that was information itself about the assassination or about any of the key players such as Lee Harvey Oswald was released, regardless of whether an agency wanted us to protect it or not, Tunheim said.
This should be fun!
Giving them extra time to clean the record.
Lou Dobbs is irate about this.
Was Trump in Dallas in 1963?
What happened to transparency?
BS, they have had 50 years to figure this out.
And another coverup. I really thought it would be different this time. Fool me once I guess.
Papa Bush is still alive.
Weird, how all of the great tragedies in U.S. history have involved a C.I.A. rendering of the information. For instance. The Bay of Pigs, JFK, President Allende in Chile, TWA 800, 9-11, Uranium in Niger..
They’ve had an additional 25 YEARS (almost) since the 1993 law to “review”.... why should they be given another 6 months???
sorry, 1992 law, so yes, they’ve had exactly 25 years for their “review”..... no more time should have been given.
Bunch of BS. There is not one secret, one source, one method from 1963 that needs to remain secret. They are protecting the reputation of the CIA, and the fact that it was a coup de tat.
They afraid someone will find out about the new SR-71 project or the Atlas missile? Or that they are working on a computer that can be contained in a single 1000 Sq ft facility? The name of our man in East Berlin?
Its a coverup and nothing else.
“Trump, who had ultimate censor authority over all but a small subset of records,”
Bullcrap. The president is the final say over what is classified and what is not.
He will release what he’s told he can release. Send what he’s told he can release will be heavily redacted. What could possibly concern the CIA that happened in 1963?
We should all be pissed about the FBI and CIA bossing Trump around. The Keystone Cops have had 53 years to clean up their act. Trump is looking weak
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