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Congressman Kennedy, JFK’s great-nephew, speaks on alleged release of classified files

Congressman Joe Kennedy III, great-nephew of President John F. Kennedy, was in Flint Saturday and met with Congressman Dan Kildee to learn about the Flint water crisis, and spoke out about President Trump's alleged release of classified JFK files. (Photo Credit: Jasmyn Durham)

FLINT, Mich. --President Trump is tweeting about releasing classified John F. Kennedy files and that tweet has been sparking national attention.

Kennedy's great-nephew Congressman Joe Kennedy III was in Flint Saturday, speaking out about the controversy.

He was in town to learn more about the water crisis and met with Congressman Dan Kildee.

President Trump tweeted out Saturday morning that he would be allowing the long-blocked and classified JFK files to be opened.

While Congressman Joe Kennedy III was in town we asked him his thoughts on the President's tweet.

He says those long-hidden files touch on a topic close to his family.

"I understand the historical value of those documents, I don't dispute that, they also happen to be quite personal as well,” said Kennedy.

President Trump’s tweet comes ahead of the October 26 deadline that Congress set for the national archives to release any still-secret documents including FBI and CIA files related to President Kennedy’s 1963 assassination.

But Congressman Kennedy says his issue comes with the way things are being handled.

"These are documents that obviously have been kept behind closed doors for a long time and I absolutely tend towards disclosure of government documents. That being said, it would have been nice if there was some communication between this administration and members of our family,” said Kennedy.

Congressman Kennedy says he's not aware of what's inside those documents so it makes it difficult for him to comment any further.

President Trump still has the power to block the release of the documents, but he says he won't.


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