Dem on Trump releasing JFK files: ‘Does this mean Ted Cruz’s father will be exposed?’
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Democrats want to silence opposing views, not 'fake news' White House defends not sanctioning Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi What good are the intelligence committees? MORE (D-Calif.) joked on Saturday that President Trump's decision to release classified documents on the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy would out the father of Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCrenshaw pours cold water on 2024 White House bid: 'Something will emerge' Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington on high alert as QAnon theory marks March 4 MORE (R-Texas) as a conspirator in the event. 

"Does this mean Ted Cruz’s father will be exposed?" Schiff tweeted in response to the president's announcement that he would not block the release of the documents, which are set for release next week after years of delays.

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Other social media users made similar joking references to Trump's remarks from the 2016 presidential race that linked then-GOP rival Ted Cruz's father to Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who shot JFK.

Trump was referencing a National Enquirer report claiming that Cruz's father Rafael and Oswald had been photographed together before the fatal shooting in 1963.

Thousands of classified documents on the JFK assassination are set to be released by the National Archives by Oct. 26, in compliance with the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992. It includes 3,000 documents never before seen by the public and more than 30,000 that were previously available but had significant portions redacted.

A White House official said Saturday that the documents will be released "unless agencies provide a compelling and clear national security or law enforcement justification otherwise," saying that Trump wants the documents released "in the interests of full transparency." 

“I think of course we should release the documents of the JFK assassination, and history deserves to know all the evidence we have," Cruz said when asked by BuzzFeed News if the president should release the documents. “I suspect that some conspiracy theories will live eternal."