The U.S. Government delayed the release of the long awaited ‘JFK Assassination’ files as CIA officials have yet to identify which documents President Trump must sign off on for release.
On Thursday evening, CBS News reported intelligence agents will release 2800 documents and the rest in 180 days from today. According to reports, President Trump is fuming over the delay.
NBC News reports:
The U.S. government was in danger Thursday of missing the deadline to release a trove of previously classified records from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, adding an unexpected twist to a saga already rife with rumors and conspiracies.
But as of Thursday afternoon, the memo specifying which material the CIA, State Department and other agencies still want to keep under wraps had not made it to Trump’s desk, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.
[…]So only a handful of documents were expected to be released on Thursday, not the entire batch, officials told NBC News.
On October 21st, President Trump tweeted he will order the release of the files.
“Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” tweeted President Trump.
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
2800 ‘JFK Assassination’ files will be released Thursday night. However, redacted files will not see the light of day just yet. According to reports, the remaining files are set for release in 180 days.
“2,800 #JFKFiles to be released tonight, WH official says; any redacted records won’t be released at this time,” tweeted CBS News.
Tweet source: CBS News
NEW: 2,800 #JFKFiles to be released tonight, WH official says; any redacted records won't be released at this time https://t.co/F00iVT5RZ6 pic.twitter.com/9nBEqem3s6
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 26, 2017
President Trump issued a statement Thursday night, citing “national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs concerns,” for the delay. Intelligence agencies will be reviewing the redacted files for release in the next 180 days.
The statement via CBS News reads:
President Trump said Thursday evening that the public “deserves” to know as much as possible about the assassination, “executive departments and agencies (agencies) have proposed to me that certain information should continue to be redacted because of national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs concerns. I have no choice –today — but to accept those redactions rather than allow potentially irreversible harm to our Nation’s security.”
“To further address these concerns, I am also ordering agencies to re-review each and every one of those redactions over the next 180 days,” the statement adds.
President Trump is reportedly unhappy with the delay. According to the White House, President Trump believes intelligence agencies are “not meeting the spirit of the law,” by withholding the JFK files. The decision came after the CIA gave Trump two options; delay the release until every file was certified ‘publishable,’ or risk national security by releasing unevaluated, unredacted files. President Trump selected the former.
“He was unhappy with the level of redactions,” a White House official said, adding that Trump believed the agencies were “not meeting the spirit of the law.” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Thursday night that Trump “has demanded unprecedented transparency from the agencies and directed them to minimize redactions without delay.”[…]
Trump will then have a month to review the requests and by April 26, 2018, “will order the public disclosure of any information that the agencies cannot demonstrate meets the statutory standard for continued postponement of disclosure,” according to a memorandum he released Thursday. “Any agency that seeks to request further postponement beyond this temporary certification shall adhere to the findings of the act, which state, among other things, that ‘only in the rarest cases is there any legitimate need for continued protection of such records,'” Trump writes. “Accordingly, each agency head should be extremely circumspect in recommending any further postponement of full disclosure of records.”
On Thursday evening, former White House aide Dr. Sebastian Gorka told Fox Business News host Lou Dobbs that he believes law enforcement and intelligence agencies are covering up “something embarrassing” by delaying the release.
“It stinks to high heaven,” Dr. Gorka concluded.
Tweet credit: Lou Dobbs
Deep State Cover Up- @SebGorka: FBI & CIA blockage of JFK documents “stinks to high heaven.” #MAGA #TrumpTrain #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/S5GNBmmytW
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) October 26, 2017