10,000 Hillary documents to be released early in 2008

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A November 3 Newsweek article headlined "The Hillary Paper Chase: 3,022,030 to go" reported that "National Archives documents obtained by NEWSWEEK and interviews with Archives officials indicate that the vast majority of the Clintons' health-care task-force records are still under lock and key in Little Rock -- and might stay that way for some time." But the article did not report that approximately 10,000 pages of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-NY) documents are already likely to become public in 2008. The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has stated that it estimates it will have processed approximately 10,000 pages of documents by the end of January in response to a demand by the organization Judicial Watch for "First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's calendar." Under an executive order issued by President Bush in 2001 and a court decision, former President Bill Clinton would then have at least 30 days to object to the release of the documents. Politico senior political writer Ben Smith reported in a November 2 article that "according to a Clinton aide," Bruce Lindsey, whom Clinton has designated to review presidential documents for him, has so far not "challenge[d] the release" of any documents designated for release by NARA. Additionally, a November 4 New York Times article reported that Lindsey "issued a lengthy statement on Friday evening [November 2] saying that, contrary to some news reports, Mr. Clinton had 'not asked that records related to communications with Senator Clinton be withheld,' and that Mr. Clinton had not blocked the release of any presidential documents." Further, according to a post on the blog MyDD, Lindsey has stated that "over 1 million pages of the Clinton Administration records have already been released."

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