by Mark Silva
The first of former First Lady Hillary Clinton’s records may be released from the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock later this month.
The library was built by the William J. Clinton Foundation, a cause for which the former president already has raised hundreds of millions of dollars with pledges for billions more. The chief executive officer of the foundation, Bruce Lindsey, is reviewing records for release – and says the first lady’s schedules are ready to go.
See the exclusive report in today’s Tribune, by Andrew Zajac, about how the former president has parlayed his value on the speaker’s circuit into big money for his foundation. The foundation made $700,000 on the sale of stocks that Clinton was paid for appearing at a launch-party for one Internet startup that has gone nowhere.
Hillary Clinton’s daily schedules from her days as first lady should be released by the end of March, says the National Archives, asking a judge to still delay the release of thousands of telephone logs for at least a year while they are reviewed.
Clinton's represenative has reviewed about 10,000 pages of the former first lady’s schedules and approved them for release. The Bush White House must also sign off on the release, under an executive order that Bush signed early in office setting up a series of hurdles for the release of previous presidential records. The National Archives predicts action by month’s end.
"We are preparing the materials and we still have to give the White House notification. We'll finish processing the materials for opening and we estimate the opening will be before the end of March," Archives spokeswoman Susan Cooper said.
The Archives said in court papers filed Saturday that it needs more time to process 20,000 pages of Clinton's phone logs that also have been sought by Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest group. A year's delay would withhold them from public view until after the Nov. 4 presidential election.
Lindsey, a former White House aide and also chief executive officer of the Clinton Foundation, has been reviewing the records for release. The archives say that Lindsey has recommended the release of some records that the archives had recommended withholding, with Lindsey claiming that some records had been redacted too liberally.
Archivists have been sorting through 80 million pages of documents and 20 million e-mails from Bill Clinton's two terms, but few records have come out of the library in response to Freedom of Information requests since the archives began accepting them in January 2006.
Judicial Watch also has sued the archives to force the release of documents from a health care task force Hillary Clinton chaired as first lady. The Archives has asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit or delay the documents' release for at least a year.
The Associated Press contributed the information about the Archives for this report.