Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Hearing Scheduled in Hillary Records Lawsuit

I just found this kind of interesting. I hadn't heard that anyone was suing to get to these records. Of course, it's a lawsuit that could drag on longer than the expected date for the complete release of the items.

Federal Court Hearing Scheduled for December 17th in Judicial Watch's Suit against the National Archives for Access to Hillary's Records

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 /Standard Newswire/ -- Judicial Watch announced today that a hearing concerning Hillary Clinton's records held in the Clinton Presidential Library is scheduled for: Monday, December 17 10:30 a.m. U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge James Robertson Room 23 A.

Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit on July 16, 2007 against the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (Judicial Watch, Inc. v U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Civil Action No: 1:07-cv-01267 (JR)) to obtain access to the following records from the Clinton Presidential Library: "First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's calendar, to include but not limited to her daily office diary, schedule, day planner, telephone log book, and chronological file."

"Given Mrs. Clinton's current status as a presidential candidate, if not the front-runner for the Democratic Party's nomination, the public interest in her tenure as First Lady is undeniable," Judicial Watch stated in its lawsuit. "Because Mrs. Clinton seeks our nation's highest office and may well be the next President of the United States, the public interest weighs heavily in favor of enjoining the Library from continuing to withhold the records at issue."

The National Archives admitted in a subsequent court filing that 10,000 pages of Hillary Clinton's daily schedule records will be processed completely "by the end of January 2008 to provide to Presidential representatives for review.

"However, the Archives "cannot provide a date certain" by which it will complete the processing of 20,000 pages of telephone log books, citing a significant volume of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and uncertainty over funding for additional requested resources.

In a November 30 interview broadcast on C-SPAN, President Clinton claimed to want the records released as soon as possible: "I want to push the release of more [White House records], including the request for documents about Hillary's time in the White House. So I'd like it if the records got out there. but the American people just [need] to know, we're getting this stuff out there as soon as we can.," the former president said.

Documents related to Judicial Watch's lawsuit against the National Archives can be found on Judicial Watch's Internet site, www.judicialwatch.org.

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