Question Remains Whether Clintons Will Delay Release
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 /Standard Newswire/ -- Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced that the National Archives told U.S. District Court Judge James Robertson during a December 17, 2007 court hearing that a portion of Hillary Clinton's White House office records will be ready for release by the end of January 2008; after which it will notify President Clinton. Under the Presidential Records Act, President Clinton has upon notice thirty days to review the documents. The National Archives will also provide a status report of President Clinton's review by March 1, 2008. The records include Hillary Clinton's White House daily schedule.
During an interview with C-SPAN on November 30, 2007, former president Clinton said he supported the release of the Hillary's White House records as soon as possible: "I want to push the release of more [White House records], including the request for documents about Hillary's time in the White House…So I'd like it if the records got out there…but the American people just [need] to know, we're getting this stuff out there as soon as we can…" Hillary Clinton also publicly called for the release of her records during a recent Democratic presidential debate. "…We're moving as quickly as our circumstances and the processes of the National Archives permits," she said.
"The ball is now in the Clintons' court," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "Bill and Hillary Clinton are on record saying they support the release of the records, and they have blamed the National Archives for the delays. Come January 31st, the Clintons will have no more excuses."
Judicial Watch filed its lawsuit on July 17, 2007. On October 2nd, the National Archives submitted a "Status Report and Processing Schedule," which essentially requested an indefinite period of time to review Hillary's White House records. To justify this request, the National Archives cited, "the right afforded to representatives of the incumbent and former Presidents to review the Presidential records prior to public disclosure," noting, on average, that President Clinton's representatives took 237 days to review previous records. However, as Judicial Watch pointed out in its response, in a separate lawsuit, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly enjoined the Archives from following the section of President Bush's executive order that allows former presidents and vice presidents to stop the release of Archives records for an indefinite period of time.
During yesterday's hearing, Judge Robertson noted that the best means of forcing the release of Hillary Clinton's White House records may not be through court orders, but through media and political pressure.
The National Archives is refusing to detail when a review of the Mrs. Clinton's telephone logs will be completed. Another hearing in the matter is scheduled for March 20, 2008.
Court filings related to Judicial Watch's lawsuit [Judicial Watch, Inc. v U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Civil Action No: 1:07-cv-01267 (JR)], along with Clinton Presidential Library documents already uncovered by Judicial Watch, are available at www.judicialwatch.org.