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Congress had ordered in 1992 that all remaining sealed files pertaining to the investigation into Kennedy’s death should be fully opened to the public through the National Archives in 25 years, by Oct. 26, 2017, except for those the president authorized for further withholding.
Trump had confirmed on Saturday that he would allow for the release of the final batch of once-classified records, amounting to tens of thousands of pages, “subject to the receipt of further information.”
Trump blocks release of some JFK assassination records.
The government is releasing 2,800 documents, but other files will be subject to further review.
President Donald Trump on Thursday delayed the release of some documents relating to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, while allowing the National Archives to post 2,800 other pages that had yet to be made public.
Trump is holding back an unspecific number of documents at the request mainly of the FBI and CIA, according to a White House official, and has directed federal agencies to re-review the remaining files, giving them 180 days to do so. The documents being held back include redacted information, and are not being immediately released due to national security concerns.
The president had been hyping the release of the trove on Twitter in recent days, tweeting on Saturday that “subject to the receipt of further information,” he would allow “the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.” On Wednesday, he teased the release again, tweeting that “the long anticipated release” of the files would take place Thursday, calling them, “So interesting!”
President Donald Trump extended the deadline for the public release of the John F. Kennedy assassination files to 2021 on Thursday, prolonging the infamously drawn-out disclosure around the shooting.