“I want the truth to come out. The truth needs to come out,” Rep. Walter Jones told McClatchy’s Washington Bureau in October 2017.
When it came to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Jones, the ten-term Republican from North Carolina who died Sunday, was as a skeptic of the official story that one man alone killed JFK for no reason.
He was a deeply religious but not in the cynical way of many on the right. As a small-government conservative he hated unjust wars and unnecessary government secrecy. In 2004, he was the first Republican in Congress to admit the invasion of Iraq was foolish disaster promoted by lies. He apologized for voting to authorize it.
On the assassination of JFK, he did not shade his opinion.
I interviewed Jones in September 2017 about the impending release of JFK files and he was adamant. “It’s time to reveal what happened,” he told me. He backed up his words with actions, introducing House Resolution 556 calling on President Trump to release all of the files, without exception.
Jones he hoped that he thought “some government agencies” would resist full disclosure and he wanted to create public pressure to support Trump in making all the files public.
“I hope you people in the press can pick up on this and make it an issue,” he said. “That’s the only way it’ll happen.”
Alas, the press didn’t pick up on the issue and Trump caved to the CIA’s demands for continuing secrecy. More than 15,000 JFK files remain secret, most of them by the CIA and FBI.
Jones saw it coming and he tried to do something about it. He failed but we honor his effort and his memory.