In a statement to reporters, the White House left open the possibility that Mr. Trump might halt the release of some documents.
“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,” the statement said.
Mr. Trump said on Twitter.
“Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,”
In the days leading up to Trump’s tweet, a National Security Council official told The Washington Post that government agencies were urging the president not to release some of the documents.
The documents include details of various CIA attempts to assassinate foreign leaders, most frequently Cuban leader Castro. He told American lawmakers in 1978 that his country was not involved in the plot to kill Kennedy.
The body of this document which describes the substance of a Communist party meeting in Steubenville, Ohio was opened but the first page was almost completely black. This page lists sources of FBI information.
It is interesting, not only because the meeting discusses the assassination but because the FBI was concerned about the meeting of 7 people (at least three of whom were FBI sources).
Oswald spoke to a member of a KGB assassination unit in Mexico City in September 1963. A CIA memo calls the consul there, Valeriy Vladimirovich Kostikov, “an identified KGB officer” and a member of Department 13, a unit “responsible for sabotage and assassination”.
Stone, author of a book alleging that President Lyndon B. Johnson was the mastermind of JFK’s assassination, has said that he had been told authoritatively that CIA Director Mike Pompeo is urging Trump to block the declassification of some of the agency’s files.
Jones said Stone “tells me he talks to the president regularly—and I think Roger Stone has real influence.” In an interview Thursday with radio talk show host—and ever-outraged conspiracy theorist—Alex Jones, Stone said that he had talked to Trump by phone Wednesday to urge the president to release all of the JFK documents. “He did not tip off his current decision,” Stone said.
But Trump was “all ears,” he said, and “I am optimistic the president is going to do the right thing.” Stone said he was hopeful that Trump would decide to declassify the full library of documents “based on his general comments and on his long history of supporting transparency.”