Two of erstwhile President John F. Kennedy’s nephews are calling connected the Biden medication to merchandise the last documents pertaining to his assassination successful 1963 after the White House announced past week that it was delaying releasing them due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The records were acceptable to beryllium made nationalist connected Tuesday, but the White House released a memo connected Oct. 22 stating that it would hold their publication until astatine slightest Dec. 15.
In the memo, the White House said the National Archives and Records Administration has concluded that the COVID-19 pandemic has had “a important interaction connected the agencies” and that they require additional clip to consult with authorities agencies to find however overmuch much accusation astir the assassination tin beryllium released.
Following the memo, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told Politico that the government’s hold successful releasing the remaining documents is “an outrage.”
“It’s an outrage against American democracy. We’re not expected to person concealed governments wrong the government,” he said. “How the hellhole is it 58 years later, and what successful the satellite could warrant not releasing these documents?”
His cousin, erstwhile Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), said the records should beryllium released due to the fact that the American radical person a close to cognize astir “something that near specified a scar successful this nation’s psyche that mislaid not lone a president but a committedness of a brighter future.”
“I deliberation for the bully of the country, everything has to beryllium enactment retired determination truthful there’s greater knowing of our history,” Patrick Kennedy said.
John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was killed connected Nov. 22, 1963 while riding successful a motorcade done Dealey Plaza successful downtown Dallas, Texas.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who had recently been hired to enactment astatine the Texas School Book Depository, was arrested by officials and formally arraigned for his murder, arsenic good arsenic the execution of constabulary officer J.D. Tippit, whom helium allegedly changeable connected the aforesaid day.
Oswald was aboriginal changeable and killed by gunman Jack Ruby portion being held successful Dallas constabulary headquarters. Ruby, a nightclub owner, told constabulary that revenge over Kennedy’s execution was the motive for his action. He was aboriginal charged with first-degree murder.
Nearly 30 years later, Congress enacted the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, mandating that “all Government records concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy … should beryllium yet disclosed to alteration the nationalist to go afloat informed astir the past surrounding the assassination.”
The records dwell of much than 5 cardinal pages of assassination-related records, photographs, video footage, dependable recordings, and artifacts, according to the National Archives.
The documents were yet acceptable to beryllium declassified successful 2017, but then-President Donald Trump postponed the merchandise for 4 years, citing national information concerns.
However, successful 2018 Trump did o.k. the merchandise of 19,045 documents, of which astir 15,000 person immoderate redactions, that are disposable connected the National Archives website.
President Joe Biden has continued Trump’s argumentation of shielding the records, contempt himself serving in the U.S. Senate erstwhile the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 was unanimously passed successful Congress.
Currently, astir 88 percent of the records pertaining to the assassination person been released successful full, portion an further 11 percent person been released with redactions of delicate information. A further 1 percent of the documents identified arsenic assassination-related are yet to beryllium made public, according to the National Archives.
The White House said successful a connection to Politico that the “public will person entree to a tranche of antecedently withheld records and redacted accusation withheld successful antecedently released records” and that the “Biden medication is mounting up a whole-of authorities effort to guarantee the maximum imaginable disclosure of accusation by the extremity of 2022.”
Katabella Roberts is simply a newsman presently based successful Turkey. She covers quality and concern for The Epoch Times, focusing chiefly connected the United States.