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.