US President Donald Trump says he will release all the files related to the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy (JFK) in November 1963, with some redactions, in order “to put any and all conspiracy theories to rest.”
“I will be releasing ALL JFK files other than the names and addresses of any mentioned person who is still living,” Trump tweeted on Friday night.
He said he talked to White House chief of staff John Kelly, officials at the CIA and other federal agencies, about this issue.
“I am doing this for reasons of full disclosure, transparency and in order to put any and all conspiracy theories to rest,” the president added.
Earlier on Friday, Trump tweeted that he hoped “just about everything” concerning the JFK assassination would be made public.
On Thursday, Trump allowed the release of about 2,800 documents related to the Kennedy murder, but delayed the publication of some “sensitive” files at the request of the CIA.
Trump said that he had “no choice” but to withhold information as requested by the CIA, FBI and other agencies.
More than 3,000 documents related to the JFK assassination were scheduled to be made public on Thursday by the National Archives in compliance with the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, which states that the federal government must release them by October 26, 2017.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Friday evening that the Trump administration was working to release the remaining documents.
“We are working this weekend. We are going to be working every way possible to expedite the production of these documents as completely as possible and they will be virtually, completely revealed from the FBI files,” he said.
Kennedy served as the 35th president of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas.
The President’s Commission on the Assassination of Kennedy, known unofficially as the Warren Commission, was established by former President Lyndon B. Johnson in November 1963 to investigate the assassination of JFK.
The commission’s final 888-page report released in September 1964 concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted entirely alone in assassinating President Kennedy.
However, many researchers are unconvinced by the official government account and argue that Oswald was part of a conspiracy to kill the charismatic 46-year-old president. The assassination of Kennedy has been the subject of conspiracy theories for more than 50 years.
Democratic Congressman John Lewis, a friend of Kennedy, told The Hillthat he didn’t believe the selected release would end questions about the former president’s death.
“I think there will be people — be historians or scholars and writers — [who] would raise some questions about what happened and how it happened,” the 77-year-politician said. “There will be people saying, like they were saying 50 years ago, ‘Why did [Kennedy] go to Texas, why Dallas?”