Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. strongly criticized the Biden administration for a lack of transparency concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy after a “midnight announcement” revealed the release of all related records would be postponed.
On Friday, the White House released a memo to the heads of executive departments and agencies concerning the disclosure of information relating to the assassination of former U.S. President JFK.
The memo, titled “Memorandum on Certifications Regarding Disclosure of Information in Certain Records Related to the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy,” provided President Joe Biden’s reasoning for postponing the release of certain records concerning JFK’s assassination to the public.
The memo stated that the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 “permits the continued postponement of public disclosure of information in records concerning President Kennedy’s assassination only when postponement remains necessary to protect against an identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations that is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in disclosure.”
“In light of the recommendation for continued postponement of public release of information in the records identified in section 2(b) of this memorandum under the statutory standard, I hereby certify… that continued postponement of public disclosure of that information is necessary to protect against identifiable harms,” the memo stated.
This postponed release of records pertaining to JFK’s assassination frustrated RFK Jr., who questioned what the White House could possibly be hiding after 60 years.
“It’s not about conspiracy – it is about transparency,” tweeted Kennedy. “In a midnight Friday night announcement the White House has delivered the bad news that President Biden will be maintaining secrecy indefinitely on some JFK assassination related records.”
“The assassination was 60 years ago,” Kennedy added. What national security secrets could possibly be at risk? What are they hiding?”
Kennedy asserted that the White House’s announcement was “unlawful” because in “1992 the JFK Records Act was passed unanimously by Congress with the promise that all assassination related records would be released no later than October 2017.”
“Public trust in government is at an all-time low. Releasing these records would be a small but significant step toward regaining that trust,” Kennedy concluded.
The White House announcement is unlawful. In 1992 the JFK Records Act was passed unanimously by Congress with the promise that all assassination related records would be released no later than October 2017. This promise has broken once again with this midnight announcement.
— Robert F. Kennedy Jr (@RobertKennedyJr) July 2, 2023