Raleigh, N.C. — Some of the nation’s longest-held secrets about an American tragedy are set to become public Thursday, and one North Carolina congressman has a connection to the documents.

There is fascination with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, but what the documents represent is an opportunity to go from curiosity and speculation to having hard facts about what happened on Nov. 22, 1963. North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones was instrumental in legislation that could make that happen.

“I was a freshman in college when President Kennedy was assassinated,” Jones said.

Five decades later, Jones wants to know more.

“I’ve always had in my mind that I wanted the people of this country, since I’ve been in Congress, to know the truth about the assassination of John Kennedy,” he said. “I want the truth to come out. I want the American people who would like to know the truth to have access to that information.”

Jones, along with Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, introduced legislation urging President Donald Trump to comply with a measure passed in 1992, which required the National Archives to release remaining files regarding the incident within the next 25 years.

The deadline is Thursday, Oct.

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