The thousands of pages of Hillary Clinton’s documents generated while the New York senator was first lady during husband Bill Clinton’s presidency reveal a sort of “Co-President Hillary,” according to the chief of Judicial Watch, the organization that filed a lawsuit to obtain their release.
About 11,000 pages of Mrs. Clinton’s daily schedules were released today by the National Archives and Records Administration, and Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Fox News a quick overview revealed some interested activities.
“It looks like she was co-president, involved with Cabinet-level meetings,” he told the network. “She was meeting with Cabinet-level officials on a daily basis.”
He also said it appeared there was inappropriate campaign fundraising going on in the Clinton White House, based on a “short review” of those documents.
“The only reason there were no prosecutions,” he said, “was the Clintons were running the Justice Department.”
He also said it appeared that shortly after Clinton supporter Vincent Foster reportedly committed suicide, Mrs. Clinton had ordered her staff to clean out his office, interfering with what could have been the scene of a crime.
Nearly half – 4,800 – of the pages have parts blacked out, and archivists said that was done to protect the privacy of third parties who were mentioned in Mrs. Clinton’s paperwork.
The Associated Press reported its own review of the documents showed her “tackling health care reform out of the gate, with a meeting three days after her husband’s inauguration and many more as the year went on.” Her plan to create a national health care administration eventually failed.
The AP also noted Mrs. Clinton helped her husband “win congressional approval of the North American Free Trade Agreement,” which she now is criticizing.
“The Clintons have slow-pedaled this process but were unsuccessful in delaying the document release any further,” Fitton said earlier. “However, this does not put an end to Judicial Watch’s pursuit of Hillary’s White House records, including her telephone logs.”
Archives officials notified Judicial Watch on 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 United States 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, a constitutionally conservative, nonpartisan education foundation that promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law, 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 of the Oval Office this year.
Earlier documentation that was released 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, 3 videotapes and 3 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.”