Congressman Joe Kennedy III has said that the family does not know what the documents will reveal. He acknowledged they have a historical value for the nation but said the documents are also important to his family.
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“They also happen to be quite personal as well,” he said during a weekend visit to Michigan. “I have no idea what’s in them.”
The congressman said he had no warning before President Donald Trump’s Saturday tweet announcing that he was not planning to block the release of the documents on Thursday. It was a deadline set by Congress in 1992.
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“It would’ve been nice if there was communication between this administration and members of my family,” Kennedy said.
The National Archives are expected to post the trove of documents online, although the timing of the release has not been specified. Historians hope the documents will shed some light on the unanswered questions that have led to conspiracy theories.
“That will never go away. There’s people still debating who really killed Abraham Lincoln, so I have a feeling well into the next century we’re going to have questions about this,” said Boston University history professor Tom Whalen. “In the present day, people don’t really trust the government. You have to think back. That distrust began after the assassination, when people did not believe the findings of the Warren Commission report.”
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Whalen speculates that the documents may detail embarrassing information about the nation’s intelligence gathering operations.
“J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI director, admitted privately and in correspondence that the FBI kind of blew it with regard to the Kennedy assassination.,” he said. “They should’ve figured out that Oswald was a threat to the president’s life. In fact, several FBI agents were disciplined after the assassination.”