Historians sue Biden for ‘illegally’ withholding 16,000 JFK assassination files: ‘What are they hiding’

The most expansive online directory of information on the assassination of President John F Kennedy has sued the Biden administration and the National Archives in an attempt to make the government publicise all the documents not yet shared concerning the murder on 22 November 1963.

The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday by the Mary Ferrell Foundation – one year after President Joe Biden shared a memo delaying the release of the final 16,000 documents relating to the assassination, NBC News reported.

The JFK records act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. The law states that the documents had to be released before 26 October 2017, but the publication of the documents was postponed by President Donald Trump, leaving the decision with Mr Biden.

The foundation’s vice president, Jefferson Morley, said that “it’s high time that the government got its act together and obeyed the spirit and the letter of the law”, according to NBC News. “This is about our history and our right to know it.”

Robert Kennedy Jr, son of the 35th president’s brother, told NBC that “it was a momentous crime, a crime against American democracy. And the American people have the right to know”.

“The law requires the records be released. It’s bizarre. It’s been almost 60 years since my uncle’s death. What are they hiding?” he asked.

A majority of experts on the 1963 murder believe that the final trove of documents doesn’t include clear evidence that others were behind the shooting alongside accused gunman Lee Harvey Oswald, but that the records could add more general information about US Cold War history.

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