President Donald Trump announced early Saturday morning that he will be releasing classified information. On October 21st, 2017, Trump took to Twitter to make the surprising announcement.
He stated, “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.”
According to CNN, the National Archives will release the “secret documents” in just a few days on October 26th. Earlier this year, it was revealed that Trump had until the October 26th date to intervene before the files were indefinitely closed to the public.
This news comes shortly after people expected Trump to keep the information top secret, reported Politico. The JFK files reportedly contain information regarding former president Kennedy’s assassination, but it is unclear exactly what details.
CBS News noted, “Congress mandated in 1992 that all assassination documents be released within 25 years, unless the president asserts that doing so would harm intelligence, law enforcement, military operations or foreign relations. The still-secret documents include more than 3,000 that have never been seen by the public and more than 30,000 that have been released previously, but with redactions.”
Regardless, anti-Trumps criticized him for his decision.
Previously, CBS stated that a University director who wrote a book about Kennedy said, "The American public deserves to know the facts, or at least they deserve to know what the government has kept hidden from them for all these years. "It's long past the time to be forthcoming with this information.”
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