(CNN)President Donald Trump stated Saturday he means to permit the release of classified federal government files about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy “based on the invoice of more info.”
“Subject to the invoice of additional info, I will be permitting, as President, the long obstructed and categorized JFK FILES to be opened,” Trump stated, appearing to leave open the possibility that some files might still be kept.
A White House authorities informed press reporters Saturday: “The President thinks that these files need to be offered in the interests of complete openness unless firms supply a clear and engaging nationwide security or police reason otherwise.”
The White House stated in a declaration to Politico previously today that the White House was working”to make sure that the optimum quantity of information can be launched to the general public” by next week’s due date.
Trump himself is no complete stranger to the debates and conspiracy theories that have long swirled around the assassination of the 35th president.
During the 2016 project, Trump made the unproven claim that the daddy of GOP competing Sen. Ted Cruz was connected with Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, a claim he has actually never ever reneged nor excused.
Trump’s long time political consultant Roger Stone, who assisted launch Trump’s project for president, is likewise a passionate conspiracy theorist who composed a book about the wild claim that President Lyndon B. Johnson, Kennedy’s vice president, was associated with Kennedy’s assassination.
Stone tweeted Saturday early morning that he advised Trump to launch the categorized files.
Republican members of Congress, consisting of Senate judiciary committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, of Iowa, have actually prompted Trump to enable the complete release of the files.
“No factor 2 keep covert any longer,” Grassley tweeted previously this month. “Time 2 let American ppl + historians draw own conclusions.”
Historians who have actually studied the assassination do not think the files will cause any bombshell brand-new conclusions in the Kennedy assassination, however the files might shed more light on elements of the examination and Oswald’s strange journey to Mexico City weeks prior to the assassination. Some have actually revealed issues that the files might be humiliating to Mexico and harming to US-Mexico relations.
Trump can keep the release of specific files if he thinks their release might position damage to United States intelligence, police, the military or United States foreign relations.
“There’s going to be no cigarette smoking weapon therein,” Gerald Posner, the author of “Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK,” informed CNN’s Michael Smerconish. “But any person who believes this is going to turn the case on its head and unexpectedly reveal that there were 3 or 4 shooters at Dealey Plaza– it’s not the case.”
“Oswald did it alone,” Posner continued. “But exactly what the files are doing and why they’re essential to come out is they complete the history of the case and reveal us how the FBI and CIA consistently concealed the proof.”
Posner stated that the conspiracy theories about the CIA and mob working together to assassinate a president hold true– however the target was Cuban leader Fidel Castro, not Kennedy.
“They attempted 7 times and they could not even wound him. … They could not eliminate Castro, however in some way these very same men who were an ‘F’ there managed the ideal criminal offense in Dallas, and 54 years later on we can discover not a shred of proof about it. I simply do not purchase it,” he stated.
Ken Hughes, a governmental scientist at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, informed CNN the files might clarify the United States participation in the efforts to assassinate Castro in addition to the US-approved coup of South Vietnamese leader Ng ô nh Di m in 1963.
“There’s a lot for standard historians– we non-conspiracy theorists– to eagerly anticipate,” he stated.