Archivists block release of Clinton papers

If Obama was willing to hit back at the Clinton’s on something other than tax returns, he could use this story right here from USAToday:

LITTLE ROCK — Federal archivists at the Clinton Presidential Library are blocking the release of hundreds of pages of White House papers on pardons that the former president approved, including clemency for fugitive commodities trader Marc Rich.

The archivists’ decision, based on guidance provided by Bill Clinton that restricts the disclosure of advice he received from aides, prevents public scrutiny of documents that would shed light on how he decided which pardons to approve from among hundreds of requests.

Clinton’s legal agent declined the option of reviewing and releasing the documents that were withheld, said the archivists, who work for the federal government, not the Clintons.

The decision to withhold the records could provide fodder for critics who say that the former president and his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, now seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, have been unwilling to fully release documents to public scrutiny.

The biggest story there is probably about the way the pardons were determined and carried out. However, Obama could use this to paint the Clinton’s as he has previously in saying they very “secretive”.

Who knows if there’s anything to hide or not but the point is, similar to the tax returns, it becomes a story simply because people wonder if there is something to hide because there isn’t full disclosure.

  • Babs

    I’ve been doing a little googling today (haven’t we all), and something strikes me as odd. Now, I agree Hillary should be releasing those tax returns, although I can’t seem to get google to find Obama’s for 2007 either. And he’s going to use the non-release of the papers you talk about here to the hilt. But, I DID find Obama’s tax return for 2006, and this is the thing that struck me as odd. You know he campaigns for the “common” man, wants to help out the economy and make sure all our children are insured. You can tell a lot about a person by who he donates his money to, can’t you? This is from the Chicago Tribune,0,445005.story

    The Obamas gave $60,307 to charity. The largest gift was $22,500 to Trinity United Church of Christ, the South Side congregation they have long attended. Another $13,107 went to the Congressional Black Caucus, with $15,000 directed to CARE, an international aid organization that fights hunger, poverty and disease in the third world. They also gave $5,000 to the Muntu Dance Theater, a south side troupe that performs contemporary and ancient African dances.

    Ok, I gotta ask – where’s the humanitarian he claims to be? Where’s the donations to US charities like the Red Cross? Did the congressional black caucus get those dollars? Or maybe the Muntu Dance Theater got that. Yep, you sure can tell a lot about a person by where he puts his money.