President Trump announced Wednesday that the “long anticipated release of the JFK files will take place tomorrow.” However, late Thursday afternoon, the president announced a delay in the release of the majority of the documents.

The National Archives is now expected to release 2,800 documents Thursday evening. The remaining documents will undergo a 180-day review of redactions from objecting agencies, the Trump administration announced.

A senior official said at a briefing Thursday that President Trump “wants to ensure there is full transparency here,” adding that he is “expecting agencies to do a better job in reducing conflict within redactions and get this information out as quickly as possible.”

“I am ordering today that the veil finally be lifted,” President Donald Trump wrote in a memo Thursday evening announcing the delay. “At the same time, executive departments and agencies have proposed to me that certain information should continue to be redacted because of national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs concerns. I have no choice — today — but to accept those redactions rather than allow potentially irreversible harm to our Nation’s security.”

By law, the National Archives was supposed to release all 35,000 pages by midnight — unless Trump objected on national security grounds — to meet the deadline set 25 years ago by The John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act.

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