Former President Donald Trump has announced that if reelected in 2024, he will release all files related to the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy. This statement comes in response to claims made by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a Democratic Party challenger, who stated that there is overwhelming evidence of CIA involvement in his uncle’s murder.
During an interview with The Messenger, Trump declined to comment on specific concerns in the JFK records but assured that he would release the remaining portion early in his term if reelected.
Trump made the announcement in an interview with The Messenger on Monday, saying, “I released a lot, as you know. And I will release everything else.”
During his first term, Trump ordered the release of thousands of JFK files but kept others on hold due to concerns from the FBI and the CIA. This action was prompted by the 1992 Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act, which set a deadline of 2017 for the release of all classified material related to Kennedy’s assassination.
In 2018, Trump delayed the full release of the documents until October 2021, citing national security concerns. President Joe Biden later postponed it to December 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Notably, Tucker Carlson, a journalist formerly with Fox News, reported having spoken to an individual with direct knowledge of JFK’s assassination. When asked about CIA involvement, the source replied affirmatively, stating, “The answer is yes. I believe they were involved. It’s a whole different country from what we thought it was. It’s all fake.”
This is Tucker Carlson’s interview with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. four years ago, in which Bobby Kennedy’s son shares his “mystification” about the JFK assassination files not yet being fully released.
Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Although an inquiry concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, questions have persisted over the past six decades. The assassination of JFK has been the subject of persistent theories challenging the government’s official account of a lone shooter, Lee Harvey Oswald. The Warren Commission Report supported the lone actor theory, while a 1979 House committee report suggested the possibility of multiple shooters.
Jim Garrison, a Louisiana district attorney, conducted investigations into the shooting and authored books on the subject, which inspired Oliver Stone’s film “JFK.” The CIA includes a study on its website suggesting that Garrison’s allegations may stem from a Soviet-backed disinformation scheme.
Tucker Carlson, in one of his blockbuster monologues before leaving his Fox News show, shares the hidden history of the JFK assassination and its potential connection to the removal of Richard Nixon as president.
“So, if you want to understand, if you really want to understand how the American government actually works at the highest levels, and if you want to know why they don’t teach history anymore, one thing you should know is that the most popular president in American history was Richard Nixon. Richard Nixon. Yet somehow, without a single vote being cast by a single American voter, Richard Nixon was kicked out of office and replaced by the only unelected president in American history,” Carlson said. “So, we went for the most popular president to a president nobody voted for. Wait a minute, you may ask, why didn’t I know that? Wasn’t Richard Nixon a criminal?”
“Wasn’t he despised by all decent people? No, he wasn’t. In fact, if any president could claim to be the people’s choice, it was Richard Nixon,” he continued. “Richard Nixon was re-elected in 1972 by the largest margin of the popular vote ever recorded before or since. Nixon got 17 million more votes than his opponent. Less than two years later, he was gone. He was forced to resign and in his place, an obedient servant of the federal agencies called Gerald Ford took over the White House.”
“How did that happen?” he added. “Well, it’s a long story, but here are the highlights and they tell you a lot. Richard Nixon believes that elements in the federal bureaucracy were working to undermine the American system of government and had been doing that for a long time. He often said that. He was absolutely right. On June 23, 1972, Nixon met with the then–CIA director, Richard Helms, at the White House. During the conversation, which thankfully was tape-recorded, Nixon suggested he knew “who shot John,” meaning President John F. Kennedy. Nixon further implied that the CIA was directly involved in Kennedy’s assassination, which we now know it was. Helms’s telling response? Total silence, but for Nixon, it didn’t matter because it was already over. Four days before, on June 19, The Washington Post had published the first of many stories about a break-in at the Watergate office building.”
“Unbeknownst to Nixon and unreported by The Washington Post, four of the five burglars worked for the CIA,” he said. “The first of many dishonest Watergate stories was written by a 29-year-old metro reporter called Bob Woodward. Who exactly was Bob Woodward? Well, he wasn’t a journalist. Bob Woodward had no background whatsoever in the news business. Instead, Bob Woodward came directly from the classified areas of the federal government. Shortly before Watergate, Woodward was a naval officer at the Pentagon.”
“He had a top-secret clearance,” Tucker went on. “He worked regularly with the intel agencies. At times, Woodward was even detailed to the Nixon White House, where he interacted with Richard Nixon’s top aides. Soon after leaving the Navy, for reasons that have never been clear, Woodward was hired by the most powerful news outlet in Washington and assigned the biggest story in the country. Just to make it crystal clear what was actually happening, Woodward’s main source for his Watergate series was the deputy director of the FBI, Mark Felt, and Mark Felt ran — and we’re not making this up — the FBI’s COINTELPRO program, which was designed to secretly discredit political actors, the federal agencies wanted to destroy — people like Richard Nixon. And at the same time, those same agencies were also working to take down Nixon’s elected vice president, Spiro Agnew. In the fall of 1973, Agnew was indicted for tax evasion and forced to resign. His replacement was a colorless congressman from Grand Rapids called Gerald Ford.”
“What was Ford’s qualification for the job?” he asked. “Well, he had served on the Warren Commission, which absolved the CIA of responsibility for President Kennedy’s murder.”
While Biden has released multiple batches of JFK documents, critics argue that many documents remain undisclosed. The Mary Ferrell Foundation, a nonprofit organization, filed a lawsuit against Biden and the National Archives and Records Administration, claiming that the delay since 2017 violated the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act.
According to a CNN report, approximately 95% of the CIA documents within the JFK Assassination Records Collection have been released to the public so far.