Friday, March 07, 2008

Release of Clinton Papers Blocked

According to USA Today, "[f]ederal archivists at the Clinton Presidential Library are blocking the release of hundres of pages of White House papers on pardons that the former president approved, including clemency for fugitive commodities trader Marc Rich." Although the decision was made by the archivists, who work for the federal government, it was based on "guidance provided by Bill Clinton that restricts the disclosure of advice he received from aides [and] prevents public scrutiny of documents that would shed light on how he decided which pardons to approve from among hundreds of requests." The controversial decision could create problems for the candidacy of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has been criticized by the campaign staff of Senator Barack Obama for "not doing more to see that records from her husband's administration are made public."

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