Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has publicly asserted his belief that U.S. intelligence personnel were involved in the assassination of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, nearly 60 years ago.
RFK Jr. Doubles Down on CIA Assassination Claim
In this clip, we see RFK Jr. (Democratic nominee for the 2024 elections) talking about the assassination of his uncle, John F. Kennedy.
He claims that his father, Bobby Kennedy, initially thought that the CIA murdered his brother.… pic.twitter.com/9l1hBVwcce
— Mario Nawfal (@MarioNawfal) May 14, 2023
Such rumors have swirled for decades, but files related to the incident remain classified to this day — and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently declared that he would do something about that.
Although Trump had four years in the White House during which he could have declassified such documents, he opted to comply with advice from the National Archives and withhold certain JFK-related files from a trove of roughly 2,800 documents he released during his first year in office. Per a 1992 law, classified material regarding the assassination was to be released by 2017.
The following year, Trump said: “I agree with the archivist’s recommendation that the continued withholdings are necessary to protect against identifiable harm to national security, law enforcement, or foreign affairs that is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure.”
At the same time, however, he confirmed that he would be “ordering agencies to re-review each of those redactions over the next three years,” at which time they would “disclose information that no longer warrants continued withholding.”
He pushed back the release date to 2021 and President Joe Biden delayed it again to last year, at which time a large number — but not all — of the classified documents were released. That information did not include any of the bombshell revelations that many skeptics of the official assassination narrative hoped to find.
During a recent interview, Trump touted his record of releasing records and vowed to “release everything else” if he is elected to serve a second term.
“I will release the remaining portion very early in my term,” he said.
While Trump received some pushback from among his own supporters for declining to release the full collection of classified documents during his term, former CIA Director Mike Pompeo sought to justify the former president’s decision.
Earlier this year, he clarified that many of the files do not date back to the 1960s, explaining: “It’s a little bit wonky, but suffice it to say, if Congress holds a hearing tomorrow on the Kennedy assassinations, the documents generated tomorrow will be part of those files.”