Trump Tweets: JFK files–held back by intel community–coming out on his orders
President Donald J. Trump promised Saturday to release the rest of the files associated with the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy that was held back for review by intelligence agencies.
“After strict consultation with General Kelly, the CIA and other Agencies, I will be releasing ALL #JFKFiles,” said President Donald J. Trump on Saturday. retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly is the White House Chief of Staff.
Now, there will be a third batch released.
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said Friday: “The president and White House have been very clear with all agencies for weeks: They must be transparent and disclose all information possible.”
Also Saturday, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library broke its silence regarding the Oct. 26 release: “Following the passage of the Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, records related to President Kennedy’s assassination were transferred to the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. Researchers interested in the Oct. 26, 2017 release of documents from the Assassination Records Collection should contact the National Archives at College Park.” The law was written and sponsored by Kennedy’s friend and astronaut Sen. John H. Glenn Jr. (D.-Ohio).
In a series of three Twitter posts, Trump said that all documents will be public, and he would be withholding the names and addresses of any person who was mentioned who was still living.
“I am doing this for reasons of full transparency and to put all conspiracy theories to rest,” Trump said.
CNBC reported Saturday that Trump received his first official briefing on the release in an Oval Office meeting that included Kelly, White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn and National Security Council legal adviser John Eisenberg.
In the meeting, Trump made it clear he was unsatisfied with the pace of declassification, CNBC said.