On Thursday, the government plans to release thousands of pages of classified documents about the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which have long been blocked from public access. However, some have wondered how Jackie Kennedy would have felt about more details being released about her husband’s death.
However, according to her former Secret Service agent, Clint Hill, Jackie would have wanted the public to have access to the details.
Hill is also the author of the memoir “Five Presidents,” which chronicles his time as a Secret Service agent for former presidents Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford.
“It was my understanding that she wanted all the information released,” Hill, seen below with Jackie, told People. “She wanted people to have as much information about what actually happened as possible.”
Hill revealed that Jackie wanting people to know what happened to JFK was why she didn’t change out of her blood-spattered suit after the shooting on November 22, 1963. Just hours after the shooting, Jackie wore the bloodstained, pink Chanel suit to Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson’s inauguration.
“She told us she wanted people to see what had happened. She wanted people to see the blood-spattered clothing that she was wearing because she was sitting right next to her husband. Because she wanted everybody to understand that this was a tragic event,” explained Hill.
While Hill is sure that Jackie would want the documents released, he says she didn’t talk about her husband’s assassination very often and she never told him she wanted the documents released.
“It was based on my understanding and knowledge of her,” he said. “I don’t think she would have denied access to any of the information from the public.”
He added, “Over the years, the entire family tried to put [the assassination] behind them. They didn’t want to recognize the fact that he had been assassinated.”
The documents will almost certainly come out on Thursday, October 26th. That is the deadline set by Congress mandating the public release of the still-secret documents.
The only thing that could bar the release is an order from President Trump. However, the president said on Saturday that he has no plans to block the 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 official.
Hill says he believes it’s “in everybody’s best interest” that all the files are released. This especially true because many feel like the government has been hiding something.
“That has been the feeling all along that the government must be hiding something because all of this information hadn’t been released and it’s been 54 years,” he said.
Hill added. “I think that it is time that everybody have access to all the information that there is about the case and then they can draw their own conclusions… I believe what is going to be released is factual and they will be happy and satisfied.”
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