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Trump Will Release JFK Assassination Files

The president has indicated he will make public approximately 3,600 documents pertaining to Kennedy's murder.
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President Donald Trump is no stranger to conspiracy theories involving the Kennedy family. Several times during his election campaign, Trump subtly accused fellow GOP candidate Ted Cruz's father of associating with JFK's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.

“His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being—you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News. “What is this, right prior to his being shot, and nobody even brings it up. They don't even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it.”

“I mean, what was he doing—what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting?”

What makes it all the richer is that Trump is going to make public an estimated 3,600 sealed files relating to President Kennedy's assassination.

"Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened," Trump said, in a tweet on October 21.

Though this Tweet appears to claim credit for this presidential act of transparency, it has been in motion for decades. In 1992, President George Bush signed the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act. The law required that the aforementioned documents, which primarily come from the FBI and CIA, be released on October 26, 2017, unless the president says otherwise. With the deadline quickly approaching, Trump appears to have made his decision.

On Saturday, a White House official reportedly said, "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."

A White House spokeswoman told Politico that Trump's administration is working "to ensure that the maximum amount of data can be released to the public."

The papers are thought to contain the names of sources who had been promised anonymity for information about the assassination as well as intel regarding Oswald's trip to Mexico City a few weeks before he shot JFK.

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"At least 400 pages of the files involve E. Howard Hunt, the former CIA operative turned Watergate conspirator, who claimed on his deathbed that he had advance knowledge of Kennedy’s murder," writes reporter Philip Shenon.

Archives official Martha W. Murphy, who handles these records, wouldn't speak to any bombshells found in the text, but, "as you can imagine, we’re not reading them for that, so we’re probably not the best people to tell you,” she told Politico.

Even so, it's still enough to keep conspiracy theorists (of the non-presidential variety) giddy with anticipation.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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