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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Library archivists blocking release of records

The Clinton library archivists have been instructed not to release any of the recently requested records. Among them are the pardon records of President Bill Clinton:

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.

Officials with the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., criticized Hillary Clinton this week for not doing more to see that records from her husband's administration are made public. "She's been reluctant to disclose information," Obama's chief strategist, David Axelrod, told reporters in a conference call in which he specifically cited the slow release records from the Clinton library. "If she's not willing to be open with (voters) on these issues now, why would she be open as president?"

Hillary wants people to vote for her based on her experience, but yet here is her husband blocking the release of records that could shine a light on her non-existent, and not-yet-fully-discussed record of experience. It's no wonder why they want the pardon records blocked. There was quite a bit of quid pro quo involved in the controversial pardons. A lot of money was given to the Clintons in exchange for the pardons granted. And quite a few of them have been embarrassing. Marc Rich, who fled under a federal indictment filed by then-US attorney Rudy Giuliani, was a figure in the Oil-For-Food scandal. (Just goes to show the guy is a POS. First he did business with Iran, which led to the indictment from Mr. Giuliani. Then he got involved in the scheme that bilked billions of dollars from the US which funded Saddam Hussein.)

Of course they don't this information being let out. If it was, people wouldn't trust Hillary to run a hot dog stand, let alone lead the most powerful nation on the face of the planet.

HT to Captain Ed

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