Two senior Capitol Hill Republicans plan to introduce a congressional resolution calling for full disclosure of all U.S. government’s records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
“I want to make sure that the information that is owed the American people is made available,” the veteran North Carolina conservative said in an exclusive interview with AlterNet. “The American people are sick and tired of not being given the truth. “
The JFK Records Act of 1992 mandated full disclosure of all government records related to the assassination within 25 years. Some four million pages of records were released in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Another 100,000 pages of assassination-related material from a dozen government agencies must be made public by public by the statutory deadline of October 26, 2017.
Under the law, the CIA, FBI and other government agencies can postpone release of still-secret JFK records after October 26–but only with the written permission of the president.
“We going to take a very positive approach and thank the agencies that have the information and are making it public,” Jones said. “At the same time we want to put some pressure on the agencies to release all the information they have.”
The CIA declined to say if it plans to seek postponement of the release of the Agency’s remaining JFK records.
“CIA continues to engage in the process to determine the appropriate next steps with respect to any previously-unreleased CIA information,” said spokesperson Nicole de Haay in a written statement released Thursday.
“I hope they will not request any postponement,” Jones said in the telephone interview. “We’re talking about something that happened fifty four years ago.”
While JFK scholars and journalists have called on Trump to “give us the full story of the JFK assassination,” Jones and Grassley are the first elected officials to lend their clout to the cause.
Jones stressed that the JFK Records Act was approved by a vote of 435-0 in October 1992.
“The first President Bush signed this law and everybody in Congress, Republican and Democrat, voted for it,” Jones said.
Jones said he and Grassley plan to thank Bush and enlist the support of all the members of the House and Senate who voted for the JFK Records Act in 1992, including House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)