Prying Eyes Won't Get to Hillary’s Papers

Rivals refused access to first lady's records in Clinton Library
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 14, 2007 2:03 PM CDT
Prying Eyes Won't Get to Hillary’s Papers
Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., listens as San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference following a tour of the construction site of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Friday, Aug. 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)   (Associated Press)

Nearly 2 million pages of documents from Hillary Clinton’s years as first lady are sealed at the Clinton Presidential Library, and an eager opposition is chomping at the bit to get to them. Archivists say the documents—including appointment logs and memos—won’t be released before next year’s election, but some hope Freedom of Information Act requests will beat that clock, the LA Times reported.

“That’s the mother lode of opposition research," said a GOP political consultant. Unfortunately for him, the archive has a small staff and a large backlog of FoIA requests, most of them concerning the other 78 million pages of presidential material. A conservative watchdog group has filed suit for the release of Hillary's papers. Some tidbits have emerged, including details about her health care “war room.” (More Hillary Clinton stories.)

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