AFTER 54 YEARS, TRUMP SET TO ISSUE HISTORIC ORDERS TO CIA ON JFK ASSASSINATION
The American public is about to see the remaining classified files pertaining to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy be released, unless President Donald Trump reverses course and blocks them.
According to the History Channel, Oct. 26 is the deadline by which all government files related to the assassination and subsequent investigations must be released, as per the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, signed into law by then-President George H.W. Bush.
That law compelled the National Archives to establish a single collection of all pertinent records regarding the assassination and set a 25-year time frame in which they were to be declassified and publicly released.
However, that law also allowed for agencies like the CIA and FBI to appeal directly to the president that certain files be blocked from release on national security grounds, such as if they pose a risk of “an identifiable harm to military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement or conduct of foreign relations” that would outweigh the public interest.
According to Fox News, Trump’s administration is currently reviewing their decision to release the documents or not, with an unnamed official at the National Security Council issuing a vague statement that didn’t really indicate which direction the president and his team were leaning.
“We have been working closely with the National Archives and other departments and agencies since the beginning of this administration on processes that are consistent with the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act,” the official stated Tuesday. “This work continues in anticipation of the October deadline.”