White House: Clintons blocking release of documents

posted at 7:26 pm on February 27, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The White House put the blame on the Clintons for holding up the release of documents relating to Hillary Clinton’s activities during Bill’s administration. Hillary and Bill have both claimed to want the documents released as soon as possible, but Dana Perino says the Clintons have had the authority to approve releases for four weeks. So far, no one has heard from them:

The White House on Wednesday blamed the Clintons for a month-long delay in the release of some 11,000 pages of records relating to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s years as first lady, despite Sen. Clinton’s contention at Tuesday night’s debate that she has “urged that the process [of releasing documents] be as quick as possible.”

White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said that Clinton representatives have known since Jan. 31 that the documents — Hillary Clinton’s daily public schedule during her husband’s presidency — have been deemed ready for public release by the National Archives.

But under a November 2001 exectuive order, the White House can’t make them available to the public until approval is given by a designated representative of former President Bill Clinton.

“Presently, we have not received notice that the Clinton representative has reached a decision on the release or withholding of any of Mrs. Clinton’s schedules,” Perino said, adding that the White House has not objected to approval of any of the more than 550,000 pages of documents released so far from the Clinton years.

This would make more of an impact if Hillary hadn’t fallen so far off the pace in recent primaries. Barack Obama could use this to scold her on the trail, but right now he doesn’t need to sound like a George Bush echo. It will make little difference to Obama now whether those records come to light or not — he will almost certainly beat her to the nomination in the next four or five weeks regardless. She isn’t the issue any longer in the race.

It does remind everyone else why the end of the Clinton era could not come fast enough. Hillary and her team have tried to have it both ways on the experience issue — that she simultaneously can use the Clinton administration’s record to show how she can take charge on Day One, but we can’t check the record to see how she’ll govern. It’s the same with NAFTA; Hillary argues that she will bring back the Clinton economic environment, but then tries to run away from one of its major components. The lack of honesty in the Clintons showed in the debate, when Hillary tried to blame Bush for holding up documents that her counsel later admitted today he has in his hands:

“To be clear, there is no delay. After a six month review, [the National Archives and Records Administration] finished the first step of the process of reviewing 11,000 pages of First Lady Hillary Clinton schedules on January 31, 2008. I have been reviewing those schedules and expect to complete that part of the process within the 45 day window allotted by NARA. More importantly, because of President Clinton’s commitment to make public a full record of his presidency, I will be recommending that NARA release more information than they currently have designated for release.”

Republicans could have had a field day facing off against the Clintons in the general election, but having the party that they built reject them seems like a more fitting fate. If Barack Obama makes the mistake of adding her as his running mate — unlikely for a number of reasons, but possible — Republicans will dive into these records with gusto.

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Yeah right, they are going to release white house documents from the Clinton Regime right before her possible election!

Ya think there’s something in there that might further deep-six her candidacy?

tx2654 on February 27, 2008 at 7:31 PM

The Clintons are crooks.

Montana on February 27, 2008 at 7:36 PM

Well, then again BHO’s schedules would barely fill a High School binder…….

bbz123 on February 27, 2008 at 7:37 PM

bbz123 on February 27, 2008 at 7:37 PM

Barry wrote 2 books about how great he is, so lay off dude.

omnipotent on February 27, 2008 at 7:43 PM

Haha. Too bad it doesn’t matter a whit anymore. The yellow Charley Brown pantsuit will soon be one for the ages.

Chuck Schick on February 27, 2008 at 7:44 PM

On Fox news today, there was a gentleman who seemed to know a bit about B. Hussein Obama’s Chicago connections. The Weather Underground, PLO and a gentleman under investigation by none other than Patrick Fitzgerald of Scooter Libby fame. Seems one of B. Hussein’s financial supporters may have ripped of Illinois citizens for 6 mil. Wonder if Obama will pledge not to remove Fitzgerald from his position as U.S. Attorney to blunt this investigation. Bill Clinton removed the U.S. Attorney who was investigating White Water after he was sworn in.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on February 27, 2008 at 7:47 PM

The Clintons withholding documents? Sounds like yesterday’s news. And the news from the day before that…

hicsuget on February 27, 2008 at 7:48 PM

f Barack Obama makes the mistake of adding her as his running mate — unlikely for a number of reasons, but possible — Republicans will dive into these records with gusto.

How is this possible? How does Hillary stregthen Obama’s ticket? I would like to know a description of a typical voter who’d say

– Obama? I’m not sure. I think McCain is better.
– Did I say Obama? I meant Obama and Clinton!
– You should have said so in the beginning! Give me room, I’m about to start hoping for change.

freevillage on February 27, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Hillary lying?

I can’t believe it, she comes off as so honest.

benrand on February 27, 2008 at 7:58 PM

I think Sen. Clinton has had a campaign to run.

That said, anybody in The White House think of calling up Clinton Campaign HQ and sending a courier?

Oh, that’s right – this is the land of “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job” and other Federal Gov’t nonsense.

HotAirJosef on February 27, 2008 at 7:59 PM

This isn’t an issue. Clinton will not be in the general election. Why would they hasten releasing documents that will undoubtedly show the level of corruption of the Clinton administration far exceeds the Nixon years?

highhopes on February 27, 2008 at 8:01 PM

What could possibly in these documents or their tax returns that would be a problem? Especially since Hill is going back to the Senate and Bill’s going back to er, whatever…heh

d1carter on February 27, 2008 at 8:11 PM

Obama gonna release all his stuff in Chicago?

Oh yea, they didn’t keep records.

Chakra Hammer on February 27, 2008 at 8:32 PM


Zorro on February 27, 2008 at 8:44 PM

Maybe the docs are stuffed in Sandy Berger’s pants.

jgapinoy on February 27, 2008 at 9:17 PM

I am really liking your posts Ed; great work.

carbon_footprint on February 27, 2008 at 9:59 PM

Hillary & BJ Bill should take the 5th, go away and let the Maverick do battle with Osama Bin Obama.

Otherwise things will get ugly here.

old trooper on February 27, 2008 at 10:15 PM

Did anybody else lol at HotAirJosef’s comment?

Domino on February 27, 2008 at 10:20 PM

I may be reaching but I think there might be a little more to Hillary’s failure than just her vacuous campaign and her repugnant personality, and gross unfitness for the office.

The Clintonian spin machine is winding down. Gravity in the end wins, and some things cannot fly forever.

White trash gets what they sow, time wounds all heels.

And the sooner the better, methinks.

Harry Schell on February 27, 2008 at 10:34 PM

Harry Schell on February 27, 2008 at 10:34 PM

I think the Dems have decided they are tired of the Clintons and of constantly dealing with all of the scandals, etc. that surround them. They want a fresh start.

Connie on February 27, 2008 at 10:48 PM

Yeah, Yeah. This just in…Water wet, sky blue, Patriots cheat. Details at 11.

Big Daddy Cool on February 27, 2008 at 11:02 PM

Domino on February 27, 2008 at 10:20 PM

Thanks, dude.

HotAirJosef on February 27, 2008 at 11:50 PM

Documents should be released in a couple of weeks. How convenient, Super Tuesday Part Duex is in a week. No matter. Hillary is toast.

Maybe Hillary and Gore can get together. “Global Medical Solutions for a Warmer Planet”

Ordinary1 on February 28, 2008 at 9:26 AM

Do you think Hillery might store these records in the same place she stored the Rose Law Firm records?

TooTall on February 28, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Guys, please…there’s only so much room in Vince Foster’s coffin.

James on February 28, 2008 at 2:37 PM