Two US legislators are calling on the government to declassify the remaining Secret Documents in its possession related to the assassination of then-President John F. Kennedy.

The two lawmakers, who lived through the ordeal, believe that by doing so, the question of if Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin, acted alone or had help, or if anybody had prior knowledge of the assassination plot, will be answered.

Senator Charles Grassley and Rep. Walter Jones have begun a congressional push to have thousands of documents and recordings which in possession of the FBI and CIA declassified so that the American public can know the truth, ABC News reported.

Declassification law

During the tenure of President Bush, he signed a law that mandated the release of all JFK documents within 25 years. The JFK Act of 1992, as it was called, gives the National Archives until October 26, to release the remaining files.

The only exception to the release of the documents is if the President decided that by doing so, national security would be put at risk. The National archives currently still hold approximately 3,100 unsealed documents related to the assassination that shocked America and the world.

During the 90's and early 2000, about 4 million pages of documents were made public. The government can still postpone the declassification, but only with Trump's consent.


One of the most nagging questions about JFK's assassination that has refused to go away 54 years later, is whether the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

According to the independent panel that investigated the murder, the Warren Commission concluded that Oswald acted alone. The CIA told the commission that they were not able to detect or prevent the assassination, as there was no evidence of a conspiracy.


Doubts about the commission's official conclusion re-surfaced in July when the National Archives released documents that had never been seen before. The documents revealed that the CIA had probed a link between Oswald and the communist governments of the Soviet Union and Cuba.

Prior to committing the murder, Oswald had traveled to Mexico City and had paid a visit to the Cuban and Soviet Union embassies while there.

The Warren Commission said, Oswald, visited the two embassies to obtain visas to gain entry into the two countries, but a lot of details during that trip remain a mystery 54 years on.

Grassley and Jones hope that the remaining documents will shed more light on if Oswald acted alone, or confirm he did.