In a tweet on Saturday, President Donald Trump wrote, “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.”
The files are believed to number over 3000 and are expected to be released by Thursday at the latest.
It should be noted that the files were expected to be released on Thursday anyway. This is due to the Congress ruling in 1992, which mandated that all of the files would be released 25 years later, unless the President believed it would create a threat to national security.
It is not yet known whether the president will allow the files to be released in full, or if some of the files will be redacted.
The law put into effect by Congress was made in order to quell conspiracy theories by trying to be as transparent as possible.
The president was assassinated in 1963 by Lee Harvey Oswald, who shot him from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, hitting the president in the head.
After the assassination, new president Lyndon B. Johnson created a commission to look into who killed the president. He chose Chief Justice Warren to lead this commission.
Eventually, the Warren Commission came back with the conclusion that the remains the government’s official position to this day, Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in his plan to kill John F. Kennedy.
Since those findings came out, conspiracy theorists have run wild with the case. Perhaps the most popular theory is that Oswald was a part of a larger conspiracy, involving both the mafia and the CIA.
This theory is only strengthened by the assassination of Oswald by nightclub owner, Jack Ruby just days after the murder.
Perhaps these theories will be put to rest with the release of these documents. Perhaps they will grow in popularity. One thing is for sure though, the release of these files will almost certainly have an enormous effect on how we view the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.