Thursday, April 26, 2018

Trump keeps some JFK documents sealed until 2021 as Archives release final batch

President Donald Trump issued an order Thursday keeping 520 of the most sensitive Kennedy assassination records sealed for another 3-1/2 years, as the National Archives released a final batch of documents under a law meant to force most of the records into the light by last fall.

In 1992, Congress set a 25-year deadline for releasing remaining documents stemming from John F. Kennedy's murder in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

When the deadline arrived -- Oct. 26 last year -- Trump gave federal agencies a six-month extension to plead the case for keeping selected records sealed, if they could assert a vital national security interest. The FBI and CIA in particular had pressed for more time.

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