The Trump administration is blocking the release of some records compiled during the investigation of the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy which were set to be released on Thursday.
However, 2,800 government records are set to be released after speculation swirled for weeks over whether President Trump would release the highly anticipated documents.
Some documents are being blocked due to security concerns from government agencies, mostly the FBI and CIA, according to White House officials.
The president has ordered a review of the records in order to ensure transparency, the officials said. Those documents will be held for 180 days while they are under review.
The other records will be available on the National Archive’s website on Thursday evening.
Thursday marked the federal government’s deadline to release the files, which was set by Congress in 1992 under the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992. The documents have been held in the National Archives.
Trump announced last week that he’d allow the files to be released, tweeting “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.”
The president teased the files’ release in a tweet on Wednesday.
“The long anticipated release of the #JFKFiles will take place tomorrow. So interesting!” he said.
While the files were set to be released on Thursday, NBC News reported late in the day that the government was in danger of missing the deadline, citing a memo that said government agencies such as the CIA and the State Department had specified material they wanted to keep behind closed doors, and that the material had not made it to the president’s desk.
There is reportedly anxiety in the government over the impact the document dump could have on U.S. intelligence programs.
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