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National Archives to release more Clinton records

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 28, 2014 at 7:29 a.m.


Former president Bill Clinton speaks at a student conference for the Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State University, in this March 21, 2014, file photo taken in Tempe, Ariz.

WASHINGTON — The National Archives is set to release 2,500 pages of documents from former President Bill Clinton's White House, including records from two aides, the ex-president's farewell address and other topics.

Documents released since February have covered the Clinton administration's unsuccessful health care overhaul plan, Republicans' sweeping victories during the 1994 midterm elections and other issues.

The papers being released Friday were to include records from Clinton speechwriter Michael Waldman and domestic policy adviser Ira Magaziner and documents from Clinton's farewell address to the nation. Other topics include Native American policy and Serbia.

The records are being closely scrutinized by reporters and others Clinton's wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, contemplates a second presidential campaign.

About 8,000 pages of records have been released so far, part of roughly 30,000 pages of records to be disseminated from the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.

The Clinton records were previously withheld by the National Archives because they were exempt from disclosure under restrictions related to appointments to federal office and confidential advice among the president and his advisers.

Once the restrictions expired in January 2013, Archives officials notified President Barack Obama and Clinton's offices that they intended to release the records so both offices could decide whether to invoke executive privilege on some records.

Both offices recently signed off on the release of the documents.

Read more in tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


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