This one really makes you wonder. After announcing that he would release hundreds of files on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, President Donald Trump has backed off on this promise.
Today, the president kept the reasoning pretty mum. All he cited was “potentially irreversible harm to our Nation’s security”, but that sounds familiar, no? That’s something we’ve definitely heard before.
Out of 2,981 files, the National Archives withheld hundreds of files. A few years ago, the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 required full disclosure. The disclosure meant that all assassination records were to be fully disclosed and available no later than 25 years after the enactment of the act.
In 1992, the FBI and the CIA made a joint effort to withhold numerous documents. This directly violated the law.
Yesterday, Trump had tweeted enthusiasm for the release of the files. On Twitter, he said, “The long-anticipated release of the #JFKFiles will take place tomorrow. So interesting!”
The long anticipated release of the #JFKFiles will take place tomorrow. So interesting!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2017
So we have to wonder, what gives?
Still, Trump insists that he had “no choice—today—but to accept those redactions.” Of course, this will spur on many conspiracy theorists.
Throughout history, the public has devised multiple theories about the tragic assassination. Some say the mob and some even say aliens.
One theory alludes to the ambitions of Lyndon B. Johnson’s ambitions to become president. Even more damning, the assassination occurred in Texas. Even former Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone jumped behind the Warren Commission skeptics.
In the past few hours, more information has come to light about what caused so many redactions. According to one White House source, the president believes that this isn’t just for the American people.
As the deadline ticked away, Trump was confronted with a choice: release all of the 3,100 records without any redactions, or accept the redactions of intelligence and law enforcement agencies and release 2,800 of those documents.Trump agreed to the second option, while also requiring agencies to conduct a secondary review of the information they believed should be redacted within 180 days. But Trump was still miffed by his decision.“He was unhappy with the level of redactions,” a White House official said, adding that Trump believed the agencies were “not meeting the spirit of the law.”