United States President Donald Trump has tweeted that he “will be allowing” the release of documents on the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy.
U.S. President Donald Trump has shed light on the controversy as to whether he will release classified Kennedy assassination documents in relation to former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.
“Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” President Trump tweeted.
Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 21, 2017
The documents have been held at the National Archives in secrecy for decades. The release of the classified Kennedy assassination documents was mandated to occur on 26 October 2017, after a law was passed in 1992 aiming to extinguish conspiracy theories which have surrounded the presidential assassination.
Mr Trump may use his veto power to block the release of the documents, and sources expect he will veto the release of at some of the material. Government agencies have expressed concern that some of the documents may damage the United States’ national security interests.
Press statements from the White House have indicated the release of the classified documents may be halted.