Donald Trump intends to authorise the release of “classified” files relating to the assignation of 35th President John F. Kennedy, despite concerns from officials.
In a statement on Twitter, Trump revealed he will be allowing the “long blocked” documents to be opened for the first time.
Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 21, 2017
Trump caveated the decision as being “subject to the receipt of further information”.
The move comes against the advice of federal bodies that have expressed concern at the release of the documents.
The National Security Council warned Trump to withhold a batch of files that could shed more light on the November 1963 assassination.
Legislation passed in 1992 led to the release of millions of papers, memos and other evidence relating to the shooting, carried out by Lee Harvey Oswald.
But a stumbling block presented itself with a final cache of documents, due to be revealed by October 26 this year.
As sitting president, only Trump has the power to override the Security Council’s advice.