February 28th, 2008
08:15 AM ET
13 years ago

White House blames Clinton for document delay

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/02/26/art.clinton1.ap.jpg caption=" The White House said Wednesday the Clintons are responsible for delaying the release of documents."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House spokeswoman Dana Perino briefly waded into the presidential campaign on Wednesday, denying a suggestion by Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, that the Bush administration may be slowing down the release of more than 11,000 pages of documents related to her time as first lady.

Perino said the Bush administration has previously moved fast to release roughly 550,000 pages of documents from the Clinton administration. She said in this case the White House is waiting for a representative for former President Clinton, Bruce Lindsey, to approve the release of the new documents and then formally ask the Bush administration to do so.

"And if the Clinton representative approves the release of the records, we act as quickly as practical to get them out," Perino said, when a reporter asked about the controversy at the White House daily briefing. "And as I said, we don't have anything pending at the moment."

During a debate with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, on Tuesday night, a journalist pressed Clinton on whether she will make sure the documents are released during the primary season to give voters a clearer view of her experience as first lady. "I have urged that our end of it move as expeditiously as we can," said Clinton. "Now, also, President Bush claims the right to look at anything that is released, and I would urge the Bush White House to move as quickly as possible."

Clinton spokesman Jay Carson told CNN the senator was not trying to cast any blame on the president. "All she did was note President Bush is part of the process, not that he's in any way holding this up," said Carson. "He's not [delaying this], and she's not either."

Carson said the latest batch of documents, which consist of her schedules during eight years as first lady, were cleared by the National Archives on Jan. 31. That triggered a 45-day period for Lindsey to review the documents for any sensitive material before he has to give the White House a recommendation on whether or not to release the papers.

"We still have 17 of those 45 days," said Carson. "We expect to approve and release those documents, but we're in the process of doing all that now."

Pressed on whether the Clinton camp is dragging out the process so that voters will not see the documents before next Tuesday's key primaries in Ohio and Texas, Carson insisted they are moving as quickly as possible. "It's eleven thousand papges of documents being reviewed by one person who has a day job," he said of Lindsey.

- CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (614 Responses)
  1. Carole

    I think Hillary should release everything Obama and supporters want to see just as soon as Obama starts wearing the American Flag pin and tells us that if he gets to be President that he will be sworn in on the Bible that every other American President has taken oath on in this Country. I think he should prodce his birth certificate for everyone to see, how about that.

    February 28, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. LifeLongDemocrat

    I am still amazed at the comments from Obama supporters. When you have little experience you haven't left a trail YET! Give Obama a little time and he will be raked over the coals as the Clintons have been. The Republicans are already at work. Hope he can take it as he has been sheltered to date and doesn't seem to have the personal skills to handle this level of criticism. He will have to develop a thick skin if he wants to be president and his wife will have to as well.

    February 28, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Hillary has Multiple Personalities

    Why is it some of you post your race as if it somehow adds value to what you write???

    "I am a black immigrant from Guyana, South America. " or " I'm white and I read MLK Speeches to my unborn son".

    I just don't get it???

    February 28, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. Forest for the Trees

    I have two-book recommended reading list for the crew at CNN.

    1. The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect
    By, Bill Kovach & Tom Rosenstiel

    2. The News About the News: American Journalism in Peril
    By, Leonard Downie JR. & Robert G Kaiser

    Perhaps this will help curtail their conspicuous bias behavoir this primary race.

    February 28, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Tom , Flagstaff, AZ

    Hillary lies again.

    February 28, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. unbiased

    To SAM – CommonSense:
    "i guess President Bush has her taxes.. and President Bush would dictate her white house if we had not denounced and rejected her!"

    Are you on medication??

    February 28, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. Ryan Indianapolis

    Looks like the evil witch is trying to Blame Bush on this one too. Of course the democrats if all else fails Blame President Bush or America first. Democrats are so desperate and pathetic.

    February 28, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Adiam48

    Sen. Clinton is stalling on releasing her taxes so she can take some things out of it. That way we can't see where the money is coming from. Come on Sen. Clinton...enough already. Show us your taxes!!!!

    February 28, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. deaf

    why that cnn turn off my write. that kind of hearing people not want listen how feel deaf people.

    February 28, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. LocalJoe

    The press is taking side.
    How about the days that Obama attended the Islam Fundamental School in Indonesia?
    How about FBI documents on Obama relationships with Lobby fellows?
    How about where about his wealth was coming from?
    How about the days when he is doing cracks?
    How about his relationship with the crack dealers?

    February 28, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Ajay

    Hillary supporters!
    You are not voting for Obama supporters..you are voting for Obama. Please don't send this nation back to the Bush administration because your preffered candidate lost in the primary selection. One had to win....but both have nearly identical agendas!

    February 28, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Andrea

    It does take approval before the documents are released. It sounds like there are a mountain of pages to review. Senator Clinton has a considerable amount of experience in comparison to
    Mr Obama.

    February 28, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. MJ

    As is typical, your post is laced with half truths and inuendo just like the rest of the "anit-Clinton" regime.

    1. After her statement about getting the first question...CNN went back and checked...SHE DOES.
    2. AGAIN, the Iraq war thing...she DID vote to authorize the war..BUT what most of you ALWAYS leave out is the "conditions" Bush was supposed to meet before HE could do it. Bush went in "prematurely" has been her constant stand..."tricked"? Grow up.
    3. This is patently false....she didn't say THIS. She said that THE WHITE HOUSE HAS THE RIGHT TO REVIEW THEM BEFORE THEY ARE RELEASED (watch the debate again).
    4. You clearly are misinformed...because this is half true and half false. Bill WAS the champion of NAFTA (she was the First Lady not PRESIDENT)...when they left the White House she came out in 2000 saying that NAFTA was flawed and needed to be readdressed.
    5. In TWO recent viewer polls taken by CNN about this issue...overwhelmingly people agree that the media is biased postively for Obama and negatively for Clinton.

    Seeing a pattern??

    February 28, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. MIKE


    February 28, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
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