“I have no choice,” Trump said in a memo, according to White House officials. He was placing those files under a six-month review while letting 2,800 other records come out Thursday evening, racing a deadline to honor a law mandating their release.
Officials say Trump will impress upon federal agencies that JFK files should stay secret after the six-month review “only in the rarest cases.”
The collection includes more than 3,100 documents — comprising hundreds of thousands of pages — that have never been seen by the public. About 30,000 documents were released previously — with redactions. The National Archives is to release 2,800 of the remaining records now.
Trump indicated in a tweet posted Wednesday that he wouldn’t fight the release of the documents, which takes places on the 25-year deadline mandated by Congress by the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992.
“The long anticipated release of the #JFKFiles will take place tomorrow. So interesting!” Trump tweeted.
The long anticipated release of the #JFKFiles will take place tomorrow. So interesting!