Video: Thousands of Clinton presidential records still blocked from public view?

posted at 10:01 am on February 26, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Hillary Clinton may face another blast from her past in her efforts to organize a second run for President — and this time the headache might extend to the current Obama administration. When Barack Obama ran for President in 2008, he promised to provide greater and quicker transparency on the papers of previous administrations. The Presidential Records Act allows 12 years for presidential libraries to restrict access to documents from previous administrations, which fall under the jurisdiction of the National Archives. After that, they are supposed to be made public — but more than a year later, at least 8,000 documents from the Clinton administration remain under seal.

Guess who’s involved in those documents?

A trove of Clinton White House records long processed for release remains hidden from public view at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock — even though the legal basis initially used to withhold them expired more than a year ago.

The papers contain confidential advice given to or sought by President Bill Clinton, including communications with then-first lady Hillary Clinton, and records about people considered for appointments to federal office. …

The long-sealed records pose a delicate series of choices for the Clintons, and even President Barack Obama. They could allow disclosure of the papers, fueling new stories about old controversies like Whitewater and pardons granted as the 42nd president left office in 2001. Or they could fight to keep some or all of the files secret, likely triggering a court battle and stoking concerns that the former president and his wife are unduly secretive.

Either way, it’s a potentially messy situation unfolding just as Hillary Clinton — widely considered a clear front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination — mulls over whether to make a second bid to return to the White House.

The Free Beacon follows up on its “Hillary Papers scoop” to note Mike Allen’s report on the papers on Morning Joe:

After the Washington Free Beacon’s Alana Goodman revealed the existence of the “Hillary Papers”, a trove of documents written by Hillary Clinton’s friend Dianne Blair, attention has been drawn to the thousands of files related to former President Bill Clinton’s tenure as governor and president, many of which remain closed to public access.

Politico’s Mike Allen spoke to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on the documents, highlighting that over a fourth have yet to be released. “33,000 should have been released twelve years after Clinton left office, so in January 2013,” Allen said. “25,000 have been released but there’s another 8,000 of some of the President’s most sensitive communications that are still being blocked.”

Why did the White House only clear two-thirds of these documents, more than a year after all should have been released? Unlike the Dianne Blair notes, which were private records, these are official records of the Clinton administration — and of the American people. They relate directly to Hillary’s impact on the executive branch, at least as an unofficial counselor to the President, and perhaps to her input on appointments (and are related to appointments whether she influenced them or not). The only reason for keeping them secret would be to keep people from discovering something uncomplimentary about Hillary and/or Bill; after all, if they demonstrated that she was highly insightful and competent, the Clintons would have released the papers themselves.

This has more relevance to both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama than the still-legitimate Blair papers. It certainly has a lot more relevance than Scott Walker’s early start on his college-president campaign from 1988. The longer these papers stay sealed, the more likely they are to contain some embarrassing revelations, and we’ll see just how transparent Obama is when it comes to his politics.


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I just wish Snowden had leaked Obama’s college transcripts.

ConstantineXI on February 26, 2014 at 10:04 AM

They’re Democrats…different Rules apply people…

…unlike a Rube such as Sarah Palin…we need to see
24,000 of her Emails….

ToddPA on February 26, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Ed, you need to use that picture of the Clinton’s in the 1960′s as your screen cap. Perfect for this article.

Oil Can on February 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Its a very slow drive.

Bmore on February 26, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Demorats ignore every other law they find inconvenient, add this one to the list.

Bishop on February 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Demorats ignore every other law they find inconvenient, add this one to the list.

Bishop on February 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Laws only exist to be used against ENEMIES of the Regime.

ConstantineXI on February 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

…unlike a Rube such as Sarah Palin…we need to see
24,000 of her Emails….

ToddPA on February 26, 2014 at 10:05 AM

…where the MSM asked for help from the public to find dirt on SP…they won’t report anything on Killary no matter if there are bodies somewhere!

KOOLAID2 on February 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Good point, in that, if the sealed (so far) records are complimentary, they’d been released during the (ongoing) Ben Ghazi kerfuffle. They probably, and innocently, got lost amid O’s college papers and (real) birth records.

vnvet on February 26, 2014 at 10:17 AM

All we need to know about Hillary comes from Billy Dale…Here is just a part of this sordid affair.

right2bright on February 26, 2014 at 10:20 AM

OK, so where’s the Republican lawsuit??????? I’m tired of just handwringing about Obamacrat lawlessness.

kd6rxl on February 26, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Paging Sandy Berger… Mr. Sandy Berger… Sandy Berger, pick up the red courtesy phone please…

db on February 26, 2014 at 10:21 AM

…where the MSM asked for help from the public to find dirt on SP…they won’t report anything on Killary no matter if there are bodies somewhere!
KOOLAID2 on February 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Except with Hilldebeast there actually ARE bodies in several places. Vince Foster, Benghazi, etc.

ConstantineXI on February 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Nothing to see here…..we’ll cover for you…..
-lsm

This will never be discussed again on msdnc…. guaranteed

cmsinaz on February 26, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Has anyone checked her kitchen table…isn’t that where they found the “missing” papers from some other scandal?

right2bright on February 26, 2014 at 10:23 AM

It does give Obama something of a cudgel to hold over Hillary’s head, as far as the former First Lady trying to distance herself between now and 2016 from Obama’s policies (it also could show in the near future if the White House is really serious about wanting Sheriff Joe to success Obama. Hard to believe that’s the case, but a Clinton document dump sometime after this November would be a way to pump up Biden by taking Hillary down a bit).

jon1979 on February 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Why did the White House only clear two-thirds of these documents, more than a year after all should have been released?

Seriously?

The WH hasn’t released any of Obama’s records including those public records when he was both a state legislator and senator.

workingclass artist on February 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

“…uhhh we accidentally threw those away, by mistake. Sorry about that.”

bofh on February 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Unless there really is nothing in those papers they should let them out now and count on the public gnat like attention span.

Cindy Munford on February 26, 2014 at 10:27 AM

What’s all the fuss about the remaining 8000 documents? Do you all really want to see his pr0n collection?

Wisdom_of_Homer on February 26, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Wow, another Democrat Presidential candidate hiding their past?

Go figure.

socalcon on February 26, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Hillary: “At this point in time, blah, blah, blah, blah!!”

Works for all occasions, even the death of Americans in Libya. What a joke that the MSM has become a stooge for the Left.

Deano1952 on February 26, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Holder say “‘don haf ta, dog..now gawan otta here.”

Mimzey on February 26, 2014 at 10:33 AM

If Politico really wanted to find out what is in the documents, why not interview loose lips Biden – off the record of course.

Flora Duh on February 26, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Actually, I suspect they’re under the control of Sandy Burger…

socalcon on February 26, 2014 at 10:34 AM

I’m sure W’s were released early.

Gatsu on February 26, 2014 at 10:36 AM

But the MSM and Leftist hordes insisted on releasing and pouring over Sarah Palin’s 62,000 emails. They even made a media event of it, crowd-sourcing and videotaping it. Of course they not only came up with bupkus but reaffirmed the record of a capable, multi-tasking and ethical executive with nothing to hide.

I’m sure the Clintons’ emails will reveal the same. Right?

rrpjr on February 26, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Yeah. Remember when we were a nation of laws.

Good times, my friends, good times.

dissent555 on February 26, 2014 at 10:41 AM

What difference, at this point, does it make?

Galtian on February 26, 2014 at 10:42 AM

These two are two of the most dangerous people in the country. Like their commie brethren, they think they’re above the law for the masses. Conspiracy to commit fraud, treason, or murder have no meaning in their personal lexicon. Because of their contempt for the law and the will of the people, and because of the sycophants who protect them, they are truly dangerous.

HomeoftheBrave on February 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Forget the Hillary Papers. Who cares about that stuff and at this point what difference does it make?

I demand the full release of Scott Walker’s first grade transcripts and Playground Comportment Report. Get cracking media.

GreenBlade on February 26, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Presidential candidates must submit to the ‘full anal’

The huge mistakes of ‘Obama’ taught America a lesson in fully vetting candidates.

Giving Hillary the ‘full anal’ sounds extraordinarily gruesome to some…but America will be better off for it!!

BigSven on February 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

What difference at this point does it make?

anikol on February 26, 2014 at 10:49 AM

If the Clintons have “nothing to hide”, why are they hiding it?

Del Dolemonte on February 26, 2014 at 10:57 AM

The SECOND most transparent administration, Evah?

TimBuk3 on February 26, 2014 at 11:02 AM

The huge mistakes of ‘Obama’ taught America a lesson in fully vetting candidates.

BigSven on February 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I don’t agree. It taught us nothing. Whoever the democrat candidate is, Warren or Clinton, she will not be vetted. Not even close.

rrpjr on February 26, 2014 at 11:02 AM

I don’t agree. It taught us nothing. Whoever the democrat candidate is, Warren or Clinton, she will not be vetted. Not even close.

rrpjr on February 26, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Yep, vetting is only for republican candidates.

HumpBot Salvation on February 26, 2014 at 11:06 AM

At least we know know how many pages of Prodigy and ICQ IM Bill saved from his “attic” chats in the Cigar Room.

Dusty on February 26, 2014 at 11:08 AM

At least we know now know ….

Dusty on February 26, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Has anyone checked her kitchen table…isn’t that where they found the “missing” papers from some other scandal?

[right2bright on February 26, 2014 at 10:23 AM]

It was the Whitewater billing records on the dining room table.

As for Foster, it was in park with the Candelabra.

Dusty on February 26, 2014 at 11:13 AM

makes it tough for him.

what??

Good Lord.

surrounded on February 26, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Can we start calling Hillary’s campaign “The House of Cards Campaign” yet?

Frank Underwood’s got nuthin’ on them!

Pope Linus on February 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM

A wade into the Politico comments:

Well if Jeb wants to run we can get W Bush and Laura secret files out also. Drunk for 8 years and tanking America in office, good friend dies in car accident driven by Laura and her fault it can go on and on

it was Bill Clinton not Hillary President for 8 years

(“We ARE the President!”)

if Jeb runs we need to find out if W was drunk when he started two wars didn’t stop 9/11 gave all the tax breaks to the rich. And thousands of young men killed on his lies.

(Hillary voted for those 2 wars)

Over 1,300 comments there, but many have been deleted. Wonder why?

Del Dolemonte on February 26, 2014 at 12:03 PM

CLINTON’S SECRET FILES!!! Hmm. . . . A gigantic pantie collection?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on February 26, 2014 at 1:03 PM

This is no different from Obama…well the difference i guess is is that Obama wasn’t president when he sealed all his records..he’s spent a ton of money hiding his past

sadsushi on February 26, 2014 at 1:55 PM

The political couple from hell.

Hening on February 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM

What difference at this point does it make, in light of what we now know about Scott Walker’s run for college student government. I think we focus on Walker, he is stonewalling much more than the grifters, Clinton and Obama. I am sure of it !!

steveracer on February 26, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Let’s ask Vince Foster … oh, wait, never mind.

Missilengr on February 26, 2014 at 4:43 PM

They’re probably all “XXX” rated. Perhaps they’d provide the records in plain brown wrappings.

rplat on February 26, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Hillary wants the presidency, no matter what the body count may be….

rockindubya on February 26, 2014 at 8:45 PM