Clintons Keep White House Papers Buried

Hillary's documents unlikely to see daylight before 2008 election
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2007 1:40 PM CDT
Former President Clinton sits on a set of steps as he listens to his wife, presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., as she speaks during a fundraiser in Washington, Tuesday, March 20, 2007....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – People curious about Hillary Clinton’s role in her husband’s White House won’t find anything helpful in his presidential library, Newsweek reports. Less than 1% of the 98 million documents and emails there are public, though all are subject to the Freedom of Information Act. Bill Clinton instructed librarians to “consider withholding” anything related to “policy, personal, or political” matters.

The restrictions are legal, but unusually expansive. “You start to wonder what’s not included,” grumbled an anti-secrecy advocate. The library’s six caretakers have almost 300 FOIA requests to process, making it unlikely much will be released before the election. Clinton blames Bush secrecy policies for slowing down the process, but White House officials say they haven’t blocked any requests.