Friday, March 07, 2008

Stonewall Clinton 

Ever since Hillary Clinton withheld her Rose Law Firm billing records for more than two years during a critical phase of the Whitewater investigation, she has understood the legal and public relations value of stonewalling and delay -- whatever the rumor, the fact of a document is much worse. It should not therefore surprise us in the least that the Clintons are avoiding any and all opportunity to permit the release of documents regarding, for instance, the flurry of midnight pardons granted to or at the behest of important Democratic donors in January 2001.

Federal archivists at the Clinton Presidential Library are blocking the release of hundreds of pages of White House papers on pardons that the former president approved, including clemency for fugitive commodities trader Marc Rich.

The archivists' decision, based on guidance provided by Bill Clinton that restricts the disclosure of advice he received from aides, prevents public scrutiny of documents that would shed light on how he decided which pardons to approve from among hundreds of requests.

Clinton's legal agent declined the option of reviewing and releasing the documents that were withheld, said the archivists, who work for the federal government, not the Clintons.

Suffice it to say that the Obama campaign is not happy. For the Washington press corps, though, would could be more nostalgic?

CWCID: Glenn Reynolds.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Mar 07, 04:02:00 PM:

You are way over reacting to a very simple issue. You see a vast conspiracy when there is only a pure motive, an economic motive.
If Willie released his pardon papers, then Hillie wouldn't have the latitude to price her pardons as she saw fit. She should be allowed to sell pardons to the highest silent bidder without having an old price list thrown in her face.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Mar 07, 06:36:00 PM:

Funny how I hear about Bush having the most secretive presidency (especially with national security issues) in history, but there is no mention about Bill Clinton having the most secretive post-presidency (especially with non-national security issues) in history.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Mar 08, 03:28:00 PM:


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