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Hillary Records Hidden Until After Election

From shocked Los Angeles Times:

Clinton’s first lady records locked up

Archivists say the former first lady’s documents at her husband’s presidential library won’t be released until after the ’08 vote.

Photo By Peter Nicholas

August 14, 2007

LITTLE ROCK, ARK — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton cites her experience as a compelling reason voters should make her president, but nearly 2 million pages of documents covering her White House years are locked up in a building here, obscuring a large swath of her record as first lady.

Clinton’s calendars, appointment logs and memos are stored at her husband’s presidential library, in the custody of federal archivists who do not expect them to be released until after the 2008 presidential election…

Political consultants said that if Hillary Clinton’s records were made public, rivals would mine them for scraps of information that might rattle her campaign…

At the Clinton library overlooking the Arkansas River, federal archivists clad in protective smocks are sorting through 80 million pages of records and another 20 million e-mails from a Clinton presidency that ended in January 2001. About 2 million of those pages concern the first lady’s office.

A staff of 11 spends most of its time answering some 250 requests for documents submitted under the Freedom of Information Act. Requests are fulfilled largely on a first-come, first-served basis. Because the earliest requests involved other Clinton administration activities, the requests for the now-New York senator’s records are further back in line, staff members said…

Before documents are released, archives staff must read them and, by law, must redact material that they determine contains classified information, invades a person’s privacy, reveals trade secrets, reveals confidential advice from presidential advisors or raises other concerns specified in the records law.

Asked how long it might be before Hillary Clinton’s records are released, the library’s chief archivist said it could take years.

“We’re processing as fast as we can,” Melissa Walker said.

Not fast enough, in the view of some who have been waiting. A conservative watchdog group called Judicial Watch filed suit against the National Archives last month, demanding the release of Hillary Clinton’s diaries, telephone logs, daily planners and schedules…

“There’s no reason why a load of a few hundred FOIA requests should absorb 11 full-time people perpetually,” Blanton said, referring to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act…

At other presidential libraries — which in some cases have had decades to process the material — some first lady records are now open to the public…

What a perverse system we have, when it is possible to lock away your records when you are running for the presidency.

And this is our tax dollars at work.

Why wouldn’t Ms. Rodham want to trumpet her amazing achievements as co-President?

And where are the lawsuits from our watchdog media? They sue to get national security secrets, but not this?

Why is that?

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