Trump announces that he will release classified JFK documents
A law passed in 1992 mandated that thousands of classified JFK files be released by October 26th of this year. However, the publication of some of these documents can be halted by the President if they are considered too sensitive for release.
“The president believes that these documents should be made available in the interests of full transparency unless agencies provide a compelling and clear national security or law enforcement justification otherwise,” said a White House statement.
However, Trump announced the release on Twitter in usual aggrandizing fashion, taking full credit for the decision to release the files:
The reason for Trump's attitude here may be simple: he wants to appear populist by releasing classified files pertaining to a major and still controversial historical event. By giving doffer for conspiracy theories, he looks like a man of truth, opening the vaults and releasing once-unknown information - except for that small fact that it was a scheduled release, and not all Trump's decision.
Roger Stone, a mutual friend between Donald Trump and conspiracy theorist Texan Alex Jones, said: “I had the opportunity to make the case directly to the president of the United States by phone as to why I believe it is essential that he release the balance of the currently redacted and classified J.F.K. assassination documents.”
Conspiracies come to Trump naturally, as they rolled off his tongue during the 2016 campaign. On the subject of Ted Cruz's father, Trump had said:
“You know, his father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being — you know, shot... what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death, before the shooting? It’s horrible.”
But besides this goofiness, what can we actually expect to see in the classified files? Gerald Posner, who wrote a book called Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK, explained: