WASHINGTON -- The deadline for the federal government to release the 35,000 documents in the so-called “JFK Files” was supposed to be today.
But President Trump is delaying the release of some files. The White House says the president had ``no choice'' but to keep others secret because of national security concerns.
So far, the administration is only releasing about 2800 of the files.
The deadline comes 25 years after the enactment of that law, which mandated the release of all government documents related to the Kennedy assassination in an attempt to quell conspiracy theories that have long swirled around the assassination.
Historians who have closely studied the Kennedy assassination have said they do not expect the documents to reveal any bombshells or to contradict the conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was solely responsible for killing Kennedy. Still, the files will give Americans a fuller picture of how the 35th US president was killed and the ensuing investigation into his assassination.
Newton Minow was appointed by Kennedy as the nation’s first FCC chairman. He was a close friend and advisor.
“It brought JFK back to me, and my first reaction was how we miss him,” Minow says. “He would be 100 years old right now.”
Minow met Kennedy back in 1956 when when Robert F. Kennedy was working on the gubernatorial campaign of Adlai Stevenson.
“I got to know him well, and in Bob’s case we were often roommates in the ’56 campaign – and the first time I met Jack I fell in love with him,” he says.
He was immediately drawn the JFK’s optimistic view of the real world.
He described the aftermath of the assassination as shocking blow to the nation.
“For about four solid days, the whole country sat together in their homes watching television – participating in the terrible shock. … I think the Warren Commission was right. I knew several of the senior lawyers who worked on it, they were honorable capable people.”
Minow says he’s eagerly awaiting any new information on Oswald that might explain a motive.
“I think the most interesting thing that may come out of the release of these papers will be learning more about Oswald, about Oswald’s trips to Cuba, to Mexico, to Russia, these are things that we know very little about.”
Trump has been encouraged allow the full release of the files by several Republican figures in the lead-up to the document dump deadline.
The President's longtime political adviser Roger Stone, an avid JFK assassination conspiracy theorist, also privately urged Trump to allow the full release of the documents.