10/22/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/22/2021 20:28
MEMPHIS - Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the Judiciary Committee who has sought release of records pertaining to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy for years, tonight commended President Joe Biden for his decision to release most of the remaining records by the end of this year.
Congressman Cohen has been seeking release of the records since he came to Congress in 2007 and, as recently as October 7, 2021, when he joined five colleagues in asking President Biden for their expedited release. See that letter here. Congressman Cohen introduced legislation in November of 2017 that would have forced compliance with an October 26, 2017 deadline for the release of the records under the terms of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992.
Congressman Cohen made the following statement this evening:
"President Biden's decision on the Kennedy assassination records is welcome, if long overdue. The American people deserve a full accounting of what happened on November 22, 1963, a day most of us living on that day will never forget. The lack of transparency after a Warren Commission Report that raised so many unanswered questions has lessened public confidence in official accounts and has led many to espouse various conspiracy theories. The release of these records will provide credible answers to more than 50 years of mystery. I commend President Biden for making this decision and will be eager to see what is finally revealed."
See the White House statement here.