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August 21, 2007

What is Hillary Clinton Hiding?

by Stephen Littau

Many have called the Bush administration the “most secretive administration in American history.” Among those making this charge is Hillary Clinton; likely the next to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (unfortunately). On Clinton’s website, she states that “We need a return to transparency and a system of checks and balances, to a president who respects Congress’s role of oversight and accountability.”

This is quite a departure from her days of her illegal holding of closed meetings regarding her socialized healthcare plan early in her husband’s administration. Perhaps she has had a change of heart about transparency in government since then?

Apparently, this policy does not apply to her campaign, however. Last week the AP reported that millions of documents being archived at the Bill Clinton Presidential Library from her husband’s administration will not be available until after the 2008 election (How convenient!). Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group and no doubt part of the “vast right-wing conspiracy,” has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Clinton Library to compel the library to release the records. Ironically, Hillary Clinton might benefit from the Bush administration’s secrecy she so decries. In 2001, President Bush signed an executive order which allows former presidents to deem certain documents privileged and apparently exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

Here’s a wonderful opportunity for Hillary Clinton to demonstrate how open she will be in leading her administration. All she needs to do is sweet talk her husband and have him release the documents which pertain to her. I’m sure she has nothing to hide.

The ball is in your court Hillary. Why should the American people believe you will be transparent in your administration if you will not be transparent in your campaign? The American people have a right to know before they choose the next president.

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8 Comments

  1. Hillary Clinton does not decide what papers are released from the Clinton Library. That is under the control of the National Archives, and they have refused to release any papers from the Clinton years because they have a strict policy of not releasing any papers until they have been properly catalogued. This process has taken an especially long time because the Bush Administration cut the budget allocation to the National Archives.

    Thus, Hillary Clinton isn’t hiding anything.

    Comment by Chepe Noyon — August 21, 2007 @ 3:23 pm
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  3. This is the same woman who broke the record on answering, “I can’t recall”, I don’t remember” when asked pointed questions during her husband’s presidency regarding what went on. Smoke and mirrors is all Hillary has to offer.

    Comment by T F Stern — August 21, 2007 @ 5:34 pm
  4. Once again, I would imagine this is just another talking point. Hillary bashes everything Republican, even if the action being bashed is something she will enjoy if she is in power.

    By the way, the White House is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, not 1900.

    Comment by trumpetbob15 — August 21, 2007 @ 5:40 pm
  5. Once again, I would imagine this is just another talking point. Hillary bashes everything Republican, even if the action being bashed is something she will enjoy if she is in power.

    Of course its just a talking point trumpet, you’re absolutley right. It will be very interesting to see how quickly the Democrats will forget about transparency when their person is running the show. They already seem to have forgotten about corruption since they now control congress.

    BTW, thanks for the catch; I’ve since made the correction. I don’t really care if Hillary Clinton decides to move down the street from the Whitehouse:)

    Comment by Stephen Littau — August 21, 2007 @ 6:43 pm
  6. They already seem to have forgotten about corruption since they now control congress.

    Haven’t they cut down on the earmarks? I also thought they passed some legislation limiting lobbyists — but my memory is weak on this.

    Comment by Chepe Noyon — August 21, 2007 @ 11:03 pm
  7. Here’s some light reading on damn near everything the Clinton’s would like to hide.
    What you won’t find in the Clinton Museum and Library
    -Dave Dragon

    Comment by Dave Dragon — August 22, 2007 @ 7:16 am
  8. What is Hillary Clinton Hiding?

    don’tsayapenisdon’tsayapenis

    “A peni…al colony.”

    damnit

    Comment by Joshua Holmes — August 23, 2007 @ 11:46 pm

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