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General Category => Politics => Topic started by: Gazoo on February 26, 2014, 08:19:25 AM

Title: The Clinton library's secret files
Post by: Gazoo on February 26, 2014, 08:19:25 AM

A trove of Clinton White House records long processed for release remains hidden from public view at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock — even though the legal basis initially used to withhold them expired more than a year ago.

The papers contain confidential advice given to or sought by President Bill Clinton, including communications with then-first lady Hillary Clinton, and records about people considered for appointments to federal office.

About 33,000 pages of documents are involved, according to the National Archives, which runs the library.

Under the Presidential Records Act, such records can be withheld for up to 12 years after a president leaves office. However, at the 12-year mark, those broad restrictions fall away and the once-secret presidential papers are generally subject to disclosure. For the Clinton files, that milestone came and went in January 2013.

The long-sealed records pose a delicate series of choices for the Clintons, and even President Barack Obama. They could allow disclosure of the papers, fueling new stories about old controversies like Whitewater and pardons granted as the 42nd president left office in 2001. Or they could fight to keep some or all of the files secret, likely triggering a court battle and stoking concerns that the former president and his wife are unduly secretive.


Earlier this month, the conservative Washington Free Beacon published a pair of stories that sparked questions about history’s ability to haunt the former first lady. One delved into records kept by late Clinton friend Diane Blair detailing many of Hillary Clinton’s personal concerns about the crises that beset her husband’s presidency, including his affair with Monica Lewinsky. The other article noted that papers from Bill Clinton’s official files during his two terms as Arkansas governor are locked away from view at a public library in Little Rock.

The Free Beacon stories did not mention the much vaster collections at the Clinton Presidential Library: some 78 million pages of paper records and 20 million emails — only a tiny fraction of which are available for public research. However, the Republican National Committee quickly made such a link, portraying the undisclosed files as a political liability.

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A very long 2 page story that prior to this POLITICO article was probably a VRWC. NOTICE: in the article they cite The Washington Free Beacon, who just a few weeks ago was dismissed as a reliable news agency?
Title: Re: The Clinton library's secret files
Post by: Gazoo on February 26, 2014, 08:20:26 AM
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Title: Re: The Clinton library's secret files
Post by: Gazoo on February 26, 2014, 09:03:29 AM
Okay I read both pages 1 and 2. Obama holds the power over Hillary's 2016 campaign.

Obama made a stink about the Bush's and TRANSPARENCY writing an EO to open all for public record.

Now the Clinton's want that EO GONE or Fostercide...whitewater may come out.

It MAY be why the Clinton's are being so nice re: Obama lately and Hillary swallowed her pride and was his SOS.

She failed miserably at her SOS role. How can anyone crown her President?