President Donald Trump on Saturday provisionally backed the release of more than 3,000 classified files related to the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy.
“Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” Trump tweeted.
The National Archive was scheduled to make the files public on its website by Oct. 26 pending the approval of the president, as stipulated under the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992.
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
Most of the documents are believed to date from the 1960s and 1970s in the years just after the assassination, according to USA Today, but dozens more were generated by federal agencies in the 1990s following the release of Oliver Stone’s 1991 movie “JFK” that floated many conspiracy theories about the official investigation.
Experts who have studied the assassination told The Washington Post that some of the documents are believed to include information about the extent the CIA knew about Oswald’s connection to the Cubans and Soviets.
Trump has proffered his own conspiracy theories about Kennedy’s killing, even suggesting the idea during last year’s presidential campaign that the father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) had connections with Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Cruz and his family vehemently denied the allegations.