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Trump Takes Credit For Releasing JFK Files, But Twitter Has The Receipts

There has been much speculation about whether President Trump will block the planned release of the FBI's last files on JFK's assassination, which have long been held away from public eyes. Responding to the ever-present conspiracy theories surrounding the former President's death, a 1992 law stipulated the documents must be released on October 26, 2017. Only the President, if he felt their contents could be harmful to national security, could halt the process. 

Early Saturday morning, President Trump ended the suspense via Twitter:

A smattering of Twitter users applauded Trump's announcement, but one person wasn't so impressed:

Mariotti reminds us that, while Trump is the only person who could stop the document's release, he had nothing to do with the process that made it possible.

If praise is in order, it should be for managing to stay out of the way:

What's more, if the documents contain no threats to national security, it would be illegal to withhold them. Trump's decision to release them must mean there are no threatening details inside — assuming he even bothered to check. So his choice wasn't really a choice at all.

Trump basically announced he plans to do what he's legally obligated to do:

What was Trump doing when the release was legislated?

Several former Presidents, including Barack Obama, stalled the documents' release. Trump could have done the same, most likely without any ramifications:

But still, it's a little strange to announce the release as if it were his master plan:

Though most experts expect no bombshells or validated conspiracy theories, the documents are set to drop on October 26. That is, unless Trump flip-flops — something that almost never happens. 

H/T - Twitter, The New York Times