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Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse "The Body" Ventura was at the Mall of America in Bloomington Sunday to sign his new book that probes the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, KARE 11 reports.

Ventura's book, "They Killed Our President: 63 Reasons to Believe There Was a Conspiracy to Assassinate JFK," comes out less than two months before the 50th anniversary of the tragic event.

History.com has a rundown of the assassination, which happened in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

Speaking to the crowd before the signing, Ventura, 62, said there was "no way" that suspected Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald would have been convicted of the assassination and "he needs to have his name cleared, in my opinion."

In his book, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, Ventura writes, "John F. Kennedy was murdered by a conspiracy involving disgruntled CIA agents, anti-Castro Cubans, and members of the Mafia, all of whom were extremely angry at what they viewed as Kennedy's appeasement policies toward Communist Cuba and the Soviet Union."

In an interview with Inquirer reporter Michael Smerconsish, Ventura claims "no one will ever know" exactly who shot Kennedy, adding, "All I know is, Lee Harvey Oswald didn't."

Skeptical of Ventura's claims, Smerconish wrote, "Part of Ventura's explanation is that Oswald had a body double. I kid you not. While he doesn't know who killed Kennedy, he believes FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was in on it. President Johnson, too."

Ventura is using the promotion of his book to give his opinion of the federal government shutdown, and in an interview with WCCO-TV, he said the shutdown is a prime example of the corruption he's trying to expose.

"They’ve created a system, the Democrats and Republicans, based completely on bribery and the concept of it. If you participate in system, then you get bribed," Ventura told the station. "I believe corporations are running our country."

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