“Judge, if you saw what I saw, you would know why I can’t release them” ~ President Donald J. Trump
Clearly, whatever it was he saw, it must have been so explosive as to be the ultimate “smoking gun” that will bury the entire existing case as promulgated by the Warren Commission 58 years ago and (essentially) validated by the HSCA 15 years later.
But he left a sign that he might do that, when he delayed the release until April, 2021, presuming that he would be re-elected in 2020 to his final term in office, when the blowback wouldn’t matter anymore, at least to him personally. The rest is history, and under the present administration—now desperately fighting for its continued existence—there is no realistic possibility that it will even be further discussed any time soon.
At the end of the 2 1/2 minute tape, Napolitano stated that this was very unusual, because Trump rarely ever changes his mind. For him to renege on a major promise to his legendarily-loyal followers—one he had repeated a number of times—on a matter of this gravity, he must have known that it would have a major adverse psychological impact on the citizenry of the entire nation, maybe the world—as to the federal government’s own intrinsically-doubtful political legitimacy.
What is at issue here, possibly even as considered by President Trump, is the very legitimacy of many—if not all—of the national and international policies, treaties and laws made over the last half century by an illegitimate government (the strongest argument being, at least for the entire 5+ years of the Johnson administration and arguably extended further, due to the attenuated repercussions: One such major example, is the point of how President Nixon continued Johnson’s policies in Vietnam for five more years.
If that be so, the potential for riots in the streets (the kind that did appear in some American cities, circa 2019-21, though sparked by other causes)—only in this case, one might expect it to spread to all major cities, and the intensity increased at least by a factor of 10, or higher—and that might have been the final straw for the country called the “USA”.
Furthermore, he probably figured that releasing them then—in his first term—would have been so politically catastrophic that it would cost him his reelection in 2020. We’ll never know for sure, presuming he never does a “tell-all” news conference. But given his previous behavior style, such an outcome should not come to anyone as a surprise.
Judge Napolitano also referenced Trump advisor Roger Stone’s opinion that Lyndon Johnson was behind the assassination and then quoted a former Air Force One steward who stated that Johnson went through half a bottle of scotch on the flight back to Washington, and described the LBJ parties’ raucous party that became so loud he had to close all the interior doors to avoid disturbing Jackie.
Evidently, it didn’t take too long after his swearing-in ceremony for LBJ to shout (figuratively or not) “Let the Party Begin!”