November 1st, 2007
02:05 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton denies delaying release of documents

Fireworks mark the opening of the Clinton LIbrary in 2004. Library documents are becoming a campaign issue.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination are accusing her of delaying the release of records from her husband's administration, something the front-runner and President Clinton have denied.

"We have just gone through one of the most secretive administrations in our history. And not releasing, I think, these records at the same time, Hillary, that you're making the claim that this is the basis for your experience, I think, is a problem," Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, charged during a presidential debate Tuesday.

But Clinton, who represents New York, said the release of the records are not up to her or former President Clinton but the archivists at the National Archives.

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  1. FT Doylestown, Pa.

    Thanks Canada "Eli"...are you looking for Hillary to open the border and continue the North American Union?
    The white house papers are Important because it Contains information on "All the Important work" she did for her Husband. She had such a important roll (she's the only one who knew) ... This is one of her Biggest reasons we should vote her. However We can't see
    until we make her "Queen" oh President.
    We will see after Sandy Berger finishes rewriting History....some stuff doesn't change...we just have forgotten alot of it ..until they pull one of the old tricks or Chinamen. Yea we go again!
    America Do We Really Want To Go Back to the OLD DAYS of Bill and HILL!
    Hell NO.

    November 1, 2007 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  2. Claude, Mesa AZ

    Another Hillary lie (the store headline).

    November 1, 2007 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. nan

    Obama better worry about his own papers which still arent released,as the chicago sun times reported.

    November 1, 2007 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  4. Tired of the Clinton Regime

    Eli, thanks for your Canadien view on US politics...I put it right up there with Vicente Fox's...

    To an American, this issue is a snapshot into more Clinton politicking. Do we REALLY want 24 years straight of Bushs' and Clintons'? Wake up people, we're supposed to model democracy for the rest of the World. Iran has had more changes in Upper Gov't than we have...

    November 1, 2007 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. Rob, Indianapolis, IN

    Yes the archivists control the documents... but Bill can at any time write a letter saying "I want these documents kept private" or "I want these documents released" and they will.

    Perfect example of "Oh but it's not my fault"... Smoke screen anyone?

    November 1, 2007 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  6. Rob, Indianapolis, IN

    Eli, the point of requesting the documents is that Hillary and her supporters are making a grand claim of "experience" partially based on her time as First Lady... So let's take a look at her record. Oh wait... we can't because the records are being kept private.

    November 1, 2007 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  7. Mia, Stafford, VA

    The question is why did President William Jefferson Clinton ask specifically for emails between him and his wife Hillary Clinton not be released until 2012?

    President Clinton wrote the letter.

    November 1, 2007 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. Susie

    I agree-what exactly are they looking for? Seems to me that the whole time Clinton was in office they were subjected to one expensive investigation after another . If Rove couldn't find anything then, what is there now? Give it up, guys, and let the lady run her campaign.

    November 1, 2007 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. Michael, Clarksville, AR

    Where's Sandy Bergler when you need him?

    November 1, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  10. Tim, Omaha, NE

    Considering Judicial Watch requested some of her papers over 18 months ago and nothing has been handed over yet, does anyone seriously think the papers will suddenly become available as the election gets closer? One need only look at the history of the Clinton Whitehouse to know those papers will never see the light of day, at least not until after her first term (former Pres Clinton signed a paper directing they not be released until 2012).

    November 1, 2007 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  11. Lily Smith, Vidalia, Georgia

    Obama thinks he can slam Hillary but she has the trth and he does not as he does not tell the truth how other ways to get to God. It don`t cut the mustard Obama. Is he still Muslim or what?

    November 2, 2007 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  12. Lance in Monrovia CA

    Obama was absolutely, one hundred percent, no one thousand percent correct. Why the heck wont Hilary release her earmarks or her archives? I want to know exactly what role she played. I want to know what this famous EXPERIENCE of hers is exactly.

    It doesn't count as experience to hang out in the White House. If that was the case, then Laura Bush should run in eight years.

    heaven help us if Obama doesn't take the seat in the oval office. He's phenomenal. I'll do anything I can to help the guy.

    November 2, 2007 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  13. RMRN.Y.

    Once again, people consider the heavy baggage that the Billarys will drag into the national election if she gets a Dem. nomination. The Republicans are salivating over a run against them.

    On the other hand if you were the RNC
    would you want to go up against an intelligent constitutional lawyer with
    a growing grass roots populist appeal
    with a heart for the people and a straight forward no BS well reasoned
    approach to pressing international as well as domestic issues.
    Of course I speak of Barak Obama a natural candidate if ever I saw one!

    I think Hillary has finally experienced
    one of many "Gotcha" moments just waiting up Karl Rove's sleazy sleeve.

    The world is waiting for inspired rational, intelligent leadership to
    engage the many wrong headed notions creating havoc around this world. A great teacher of mine said,"The world is run on ideas" – we need someone who
    can frame the argument and turn the tide of fundamentalist/literalist thinking.

    Barak is the gift to this generation
    and the man of the hour!

    November 2, 2007 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  14. Axel, RKDA, California

    They want both sides of the story. They know how President Bush took the largest Budget Surplus in American history and turned it into the largest Budget Deficit in American history. And they want to know how former President Bill Clinton took the largest Budget Deficit in American history and turned it into the largest Budget Surplus in American history.

    November 2, 2007 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  15. Bernie Moore-Knowles - Papa'aloa, Hawai'i

    Aloha Eli in Canada

    Hillary Clinton is running for president of the US, based on her experience in the White House during her husband's tenure there. We as Americans want to know what her experiece was there, exactly – thus, Obama's note to her at the debate in Philadelphia. He and many Americans want to know exactly what those credentials are that she keeps harping about. Saying to her closest rival that he is "naive and inexperienced?" Come on, Hillary. You have experience? In what? A law firm in Arkansas? Sometimes I honestly think that Hillary's main problem is that she has lived through the work and public service of her husband's? And for the record, I am a Bill Clinton fan. But Hillary? Come on, sister – you "ain't Bill," so forget the "I have the most experience of any candidates in this race." Hello? Last I remember, your name was Hillary? Not Bill.

    November 2, 2007 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  16. Chip Celina OH

    An executive order signed by President Bush in 2001 allows Clinton and other former presidents to review material before it is released by the archive.

    Hillary really was off of her 'playbook' the other night! Here was a chance to blame yet another thing on President Bush and she whiffed.

    I think it's a lack of training on the archivists' part. They should just send Sandy Berger in, he'd be able to get the job done!

    It's convenient to say that there are already over 300 FOIA requests and these things take time. In the years I spent in the military and then as a contractor working in a government facility I've seen many times when the 'big boss' requests something get done, it jumps to the top of the queue, and if the boss wants the information, s/he has it in very short order or as they say 'head will roll.'

    Have a nice Friday!

    November 2, 2007 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  17. Mark, Shreveport, La

    Bill Clinton told the archives not to release any communications involving Hillary until 2012! 2012 would be AFTER Hillary would win her second term!


    November 2, 2007 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  18. Bud Kelly, Tacoma, WA

    I wonder if Sandy Burgler has access to these documents?

    Anybody know if these documents are 'being reviewed' or edited while under wraps?

    November 2, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. Brandon, Dallas, TX

    I don't see how anyone can expect them to release those records when they are obviously not finished writing them. Everyone needs to calm down – I'm sure they are working dilligently to provide the most favorable information they can come up with. Playing politics isn't going to bring our troops home.

    November 2, 2007 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. therealist

    And why won't the archivists at the National Archives release them Hillary? Maybe it could have something to do with that stop order you placed on them??

    November 2, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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