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.
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
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.
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.
So, he's just staging the release as if was the man to get the job done!— Scotty D (@thedoggeneral1) October 22, 2017
These files transcend Trump &his predecessors. BO chose not to release. DT could have done the same -despite the impending 10/26 'deadline.'— Marty N. (@nashvl) October 22, 2017
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.
The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012