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RFK Jr. launches petition demanding release of all JFK files ahead of anniversary of assassination

Kennedy also honored his uncle's legacy and promised to put the U.S. "back on the road to peace that JFK led us toward."

Published: November 21, 2023 8:33am

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is launching a petition demanding the release of all remaining classified files dealing with the assassination of his uncle, the late President John F. Kennedy, ahead of the 60th anniversary of his death. 

The independent presidential candidate said Monday that he is launching the petition 60 years after John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. The petition already appears to have more than 20,000 signatures online.

The 1992 Kennedy Records Assassination Act mandated all records relating to the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas to be released by 2017.

"Trump refused to do it. Biden refused to do it. Kennedy asks, 'What is so embarrassing that they're afraid to show the American public 60 years later?'" Kennedy's campaign press release about the petition states. 

"Trust in government is at an all-time low. Releasing the full, unredacted historical records will help to restore that trust. In the spirit of transparency, in the spirit of democracy, we, the undersigned, call upon President Biden to obey the 1992 act and release the Kennedy assassination documents to the public."

Kennedy also honored his uncle's legacy Monday by stating that  "everyone who was alive at the time can remember where they were" when they found out about John F. Kennedy's assassination. 

"My promise to the American people is that I will put us back on the road to peace that JFK led us toward when, shortly before his death, he issued a national security order to withdraw American advisers from Vietnam. We will instead take a path back toward peace and prosperity for our country," he said.

Kennedy is currently the most favorably viewed presidential candidate, with a 52% favorable rating, according to the latest Harvard CAPS / Harris poll released Monday. 

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