White House officials told Politico that among the 3,000+ secret assassination-related documents, which must be released later this month in accordance with a 1992 law, some documents from the 1990s may be kept classified. Officials did not comment on which specific details regarding John F. Kennedy's November 1963 assassination may be kept secret. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said only that the administration is working "to ensure that the maximum amount of data can be released to the public."
Some users pushed the president to release the documents in their entirety, saying he is the only one that can do it, and that it's time for the world to know about the CIA's possible role in the presidential murder.
President Trump is the only person under the law who can block release of the Kennedy files. https://t.co/BsMbHGbQ6A— Kojima Rokan #JWOKE (@SamuraiForTrump) October 19, 2017
@realDonaldTrump Hey Mr Trump, please release the files on John Kennedy that the CIA hid for 30 years and wants to keep away from us.— Jerry Falk (@falken751) October 18, 2017
@realDonaldTrump President Trump, since rogue elements of CIA killed President Kennedy, they don't want you to release files! Release them!— Anonym Tipster (@AnonymTipster) October 18, 2017
Delay for the release of Kennedy assassination docs for another 25-yrs?? Complain loudly. Americans need to know... https://t.co/zMbprnhvhX— Dr. Ellen K. Rudolph (@drellenr) October 19, 2017
Others complained that perhaps the US 'deep state' has gotten to Trump, and pointed to the fact that numerous agencies, especially the CIA have been fighting like mad to block the release of the files.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo is urging President Trump to delay the Kennedy Assassination documents another 25 years. Says a lot about the CIA..— Matt Couch ♦️ (@RealMattCouch) October 20, 2017
Some users said that the president does not actually have the prerogative to release the files, and that it formally belongs to the Justice Department.
Trump does not have the ability to release the Kennedy files. That belongs to the Department of Justice.https://t.co/JSJ599xm5w— Roy F. Christensen (@royfcjr) September 27, 2017
Finally, others openly warned Trump that he must release the files, or risk suffering the same fate as the late president.
Kennedy was a Nationalist just like Trump. And warned the FBI and CIA needed to be broke up due to corruption. Shortly after he was dead.— American Loyalist (@khubb64) October 19, 2017
It’s about time Americans learned who killed President Kennedy! This info may save our current President’s life! https://t.co/8PNZeTwv0N— Trump Super PAC 🇺🇸 (@TrumpSuperPAC) October 18, 2017
Trump better watch his back,CIA AND ELIETS took Kennedy out for trying to get rid of Washington criminals,he's next.— Henry Franz (@hwfranzjr) October 9, 2017
The JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, which stipulated the release of thousands of secret documents by October 26, 2017, was created and passed thanks in part to the conclusions reached by director Oliver Stone in his 1991 film JFK. The law aimed at putting conspiracy theories to rest through the disclosure of the documents. If the files' release is censored, conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination will be sure to live on.