President Trump has ordered 2,800 records related to the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy to be released Thursday night, although any redacted records will not be released at this time, a White House official told reporters.
On Thursday night, Mr. Trump is expected to issue a memo directing the heads of executive departments and agencies to release the documents, save some redacted documents undergoing a further, six-month review. The records being released Thursday are records that are being released in full.
There has been a lot of late lobbying from various federal agencies, including the CIA and the FBI, asking Mr. Trump to wait on releasing some of the JFK documents, as CBS has reported. Some of those requests were registered a couple months ago, while others were made more recently. Multiple officials at multiple agencies have told CBS News there is concern the documents might reveal sources and operations from the near past relating to current people or operations.
It's possible that some records may remain secret even after that 180-day review period, although the president is urging that only the most secret documents remain so.
The National Archives is planning to post the files online only. They'll be posted here on the National Archives website.
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