WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump expressed his plans to allow the release of classified government documents about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy ‘subject to the receipt of further information.’
Using his conventional mode of communication, Twitter, the tycoon-turned-president announced allowing the release of ‘long blocked and classified’ documents, against the advice of the National Security Council.
Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 21, 2017
The White House said in a statement to Politico (American political journalism company ) earlier this week that the White House was working “to ensure that the maximum amount of data can be released to the public” by next week’s deadline.
The Kennedy assassination documents are due to be released by the National Archives on October 26 but it was reported Mr Trump would not allow them to be made public.
In 1992, Congress ruled that all assassination documents can be released within 25 years, unless the president asserts that doing so would harm intelligence, law enforcement, military operations or foreign relations.
The green signal given by the president has raised the eyebrows of historians as to what surprise would come out with the release.
President is the only person in government with the authority to block the documents’ publication.
The still-secret documents include more than 3,000 files that have never been seen by the public and more than 30,000 that have been released previously, but with redactions.
Trump’s longtime political adviser Roger Stone, who is also an avid conspiracy theorist wrote a book about claiming that President Lyndon B. Johnson, Kennedy’s vice president, was involved in Kennedy’s assassination.
Stone took to micro-blogging site and claimed that he urged POTUS to release the documents.
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) October 21, 2017
The America President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 in broad day light but the killing has long been shrouded in controversy and conspiracy theories as many people believe there was a second gunman.
Alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was shot dead by gunman Jack Ruby before he could be tried.