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Hillary's records to be revealed
Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 03/18/2008 @ 10:48 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
Thousands of pages of daily schedules for Hillary Clinton when the New York senator was first lady during husband Bill Clinton’s presidency are being released by the National Archives and Records Administration, according to Judicial Watch, a public interest organization that investigates and prosecutes government corruption.
“It’s about time,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said today. “We’re pleased, thanks to Judicial Watch’s lawsuit, that the American people will be able to review Hillary’s daily schedule records.
“The Clintons have slow-pedaled this process but were unsuccessful in delaying the document release any further,” he said. “However, this does not put an end to Judicial Watch’s pursuit of Hillary’s White House records, including her telephone logs.”
Judicial Watch said it had been notified by the National Archives and Records Administration that 11,046 pages of Clinton’s daily schedule records, comprising 2,888 days, will be released starting tomorrow.
The release is in response to the organization’s lawsuit seeking access to the public documents, for which a status hearing is scheduled in court.
Judicial Watch said it would post the documents on its website.
Archives officials notified Judicial Watch March 1 of their plans to start releasing documents after, “The Clinton Presidential Library … completed its exacting page-by-page, line-by-line review of approximately 10,000 of the 30,000 pages of records potentially responsive to [Judicial Watch's] April 5, 2006 Freedom of Information Act request. …”
In a court filing, the National Archives said, “The Library has notified the presidential representatives of the records scheduled for disclosure and anticipates that it will produce those records to plaintiff Judicial Watch, Inc. in advance of the March 20, 2008 hearing.”
However, the government entity also suggested it would take “one to two years” to start processing the requested papers documenting Hillary Clinton’s telephone logs.
“It would be an injustice to force the American people to wait ‘one to two years’ for the telephone logs of a candidate for the presidency. We are asking the court to force the National Archives to comply with the law and release these records as soon as possible,” said Fitton.
The organization filed a new court brief earlier this week regarding the telephone logs seeking limited discovery about the handling of records requests and also is seeking access to records related to the National Task Force on National Health Care Reform.
Previously released documents on which WND has reported have revealed that even insiders working on Mrs. Clinton’s broad, unprecedented, sweeping centralized program to take over health care in the U.S. doubted the program back in the 1990s.
A June 18, 1993, internal memo from her own task force came from an anonymous staffer known only as P.S., who wrote, “I can think of parallels in wartime, but I have trouble coming up with a precedent in our peacetime history for such broad and centralized control over a sector of the economy. … Is the public really ready for this? … None of us know whether we can make it work well or at all. …”
Judicial Watch says it is seeking access to Hillary Clinton’s documents because of the revelations they are expected to contain about her work as first lady in the Clinton White House and the possible impact of those precedents if she succeeds in her bid for the Oval Office this year.
Previous released documentation revealed a confidential memo from Sen. Jay Rockefeller to Mrs. Clinton characterizing her health care task force as a “secret cabal of Washington policy ‘wonks’” that was responsible for “choking off information” from the public.
His suggestion was that Mrs. Clinton “use classic opposition research” to attack those who were excluded by the Clinton administration from task force deliberations and to “expose lifestyles, tactics and motives of lobbyists” to deflect criticism. Rockefeller also suggested news organizations “are anxious and willing to receive guidance on how to time and shape their coverage.”
Those documents were obtained by Judicial Watch from the approximately 13,000 documents made publicly available by the Clinton Library. The National Archives admits there may be an additional 3 million textual records, 2,884 pages of electronic records, 1,021 photographs, three videotapes and three audiotapes related to the health care task force that are being withheld indefinitely from the public.
“These documents paint a disturbing picture of how Hillary Clinton and the Clinton administration approached health care reform – secrecy, smears, and the misuse of government computers to track private and political information on citizens,” Fitton said at the time. “There are millions more documents that the Library has yet to release. The Clintons continue to play games and pretend they have nothing to do with this delay. The Clintons should get out of the way and authorize the release of these records now.”
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