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President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 was passed unanimously in 1992, and requires "all records previously withheld either in part or in full should be released on October 26, 2017, unless authorized for further withholding by the President of the United States." (NARA JFK Assassination Records Processing Project, https://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/processing-project). On October 26, 2017, President Trump released "Presidential Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies", which provided an additional six months for agencies to release withheld records. This was later increased to four years.
The JFK Assassination Records Processing Project at U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) states (as of October 22, 2021, see link below):
"When Congress passed the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act in 1992 agencies throughout the Federal Government transferred assassination-related records to the National Archives which established the JFK Assassination Records Collection. The Collection consists of approximately 5 million pages of records. Approximately 88% of the records in the Collection are open in full. An addition 11% are released in part with sensitive portions removed. Approximately 1% of documents identified as assassination-related remain withheld in full. All documents withheld either in part or in full were authorized for withholding by the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), an independent temporary agency that was in existence from 1994 to 1998."
"According to the Act, all records previously withheld either in part or in full should be released on October 26, 2017, unless authorized for further withholding by the President of the United States."
There was an additional release on December 15, 2022. See link below for NARA page on these documents.
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