In a chaotic chapter of government efforts to suppress research into the evidence regarding President Kennedy’s 1963 assassination, President Trump on Oct. 26 suddenly backed away from his promises this week to comply with a 1992 Congressional law and release all remaining JFK records related to the assassination.
The president released in full via the National Archives website at 7:30 p.m. (EST) some 2,800 remaining documents following a conference call with news reporters beginning at 5:46 p.m. following a day in which many in the public long focused on the document release were left wondering until after normal business hours what was happening. It had been predicted that more than 3,000 documents remained to be disclosed, plus 30,000 documents with partial blackouts.
Update: Early Friday, one expert suggested privately to fellow researchers that his preliminary review of the documents and the initial media coverage indicates vast confusion in the news coverage, as follows:Most journalists who mentioned the numbers of documents in their initial reporting implied that the released documents, 2,891, came from the trove of some 3,100 that had been expected to be released in full on Oct. 26. Instead, the expert said, at least 98 percent of the released documents appeared to be from the larger universe of some 30,000 documents that had been previously released with partial redactions.