Jeffrey Toobin Sounds Off Over Delay in Release of Some JFK Files: ‘I Think It’s Shameful’


Late this afternoon, the White House announced that while it was approving the release of 2,800 records related to the John F. Kennedy assassination, some files would be withheld while the intelligence community reviews them for another six months.

This represented a definite backtrack by the president, considering he took to Twitter a few days ago to state that all of the remaining JFK files would be publicly released — as scheduled back in 1992 — on the 26th. Following the announcement of the delay, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin unleashed on the last-minute decision to keep some records secret for now.

“I don’t think it’s just extraordinary — I think it’s shameful!” Toobin exclaimed. “They’ve had decades to deal with this and, you know, this instinctual desire is so ingrained, the idea that they can’t be released at this point is absurd and I think it’s really disappointing that the agencies are behaving this way.”

He continued, “They’ve had plenty of time. they should have done it long ago.”

Former CIA counterterrorism official Phil Mudd weighed in with the way the intelligence community is looking at this.

“The CIA is saying, hey, if you identify somebody we spoke with, even if it’s 50-plus years ago and they and their family are still alive, you’re not only embarrassing them, you may put them at risk,” Mudd stated. “The appropriate question you raised is what took so long?”

CNN political report Gloria Borger stated that it was “ridiculous” for them to have decades to act and to wait until today to ask for a delay. “It kind of reminds me Geraldo’s vault,” she added.

Watch the segment above, via CNN.

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