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Bill Clinton: “Other Side” Wants Archives Rules Suspended

Posted by John Pegway | Posted in Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton | Posted on 29-11-2007


In an exclusive interview with C-SPAN for the network’s 12 week history series, “Presidential Libraries: History Uncovered,” former President Bill Clinton speaks candidly — starkly, even — about his views on the releasing of presidential records:

“Obviously, I’m not trying to cover anything up.  I’m trying to get this stuff out.  But I’m sympathetic with the Archives.  They have a limited number of resources.  And they do have rules for going through all this stuff that make sense.

“Essentially what’s happened is that some members of the press and people in the political community who are on the other side of Hillary – which they have every right to be – are taking the position that, because she’s running for president, all the rules should be suspended and they should get what they want, and they should get it now, whether we go through the regular processes of the Archives or not, and whether we treat people on a first-come, first-served basis or not.”

The interview, which was recorded at the Clinton Presidential Library on Monday, November 26, 2007, is scheduled to air Friday November 30 at 8:00 PM as part of C-SPAN’s Presidential Library Series.

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