We Finally Got a Glimpse Into JFK’s Assassination

The Background

Twenty-five years after the U.S. government passed the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, President Donald Trump released most of the records related to the 35th president’s assassination last night. In the end, 2,800 files were released, but another 300 were kept under wraps due to fears surrounding “national security, law enforcement and foreign relations.” The release was expected to quell conspiracy theories, but the 300 secret files are bound to keep them going. CNN

What Else You Need to Know

In one of his few presidential actions, Trump demanded that the agencies who had asked for certain files to stay classified, re-review their request within 180 days, explaining that “the American public expects and deserves its government to produce as much access as possible to the John F. Kennedy assassination records.” According to experts, the documents don’t contain any revolutionary information — especially any indication that anyone except Lee Harvey Oswald was responsible for JFK’s death.

What’s Next?

The groups have until March 26, 2018 to submit a report explaining why certain information needs to stay redacted. If their reasoning doesn’t meet the standards set out by the government, the remaining reports will be released on April 26, 2018. (We see another JFK biopic in our future.)