JFK Assassination Files Released; Trump Blocks Some

President cites national security concerns in withholding some classified documents
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2017 6:48 PM CDT
JFK Assassination Files Released; Trump Blocks Some
President Donald Trump listens as first lady Melania Trump introduces him during an event to declare the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Thousands of previously classified or redacted documents on the JFK assassination were officially released Thursday evening. The documents can be found here, and the New York Times will be posting highlights as it finds them. "I am ordering today that the veil finally be lifted," NBC News quotes President Trump as stating in a memo. Just not, like, all the way lifted. While Trump allowed the release of 2,800 documents, he blocked the release of others, citing national security concerns. "Executive departments and agencies have proposed to me that certain information should continue to be redacted because of national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs concerns," ABC News quotes the presidential memo. "I have no choice—today—but to accept those redactions rather than allow potentially irreversible harm to our nation's security."

The BBC notes the news that the CIA, FBI, and others successfully pressured Trump into not releasing some of the documents is unlikely to do much to quell the conspiracy theories surrounding the JFK assassination. Trump says federal agencies will have 180 days to re-review the withheld documents; those that can't be proven to be a threat to national security will be released by the end of the review period. By law, the documents had to be released by midnight Thursday—dependent on presidential approval—due to the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act that was passed in 1992. The National Archives says people should not expect to have their minds blown by the new documents as 90% or so of records related to the assassination are already public. (Read more JFK assassination stories.)

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