Sen. Hillary Clinton
MR. RUSSERT: One other issue. You talked about releasing documents. On January 30th, the National Archives released 10,000 pages of your public schedule as first lady. It’s now in the custody of former President Clinton. Will you release that — again, during this primary season that you claim that eight years of experience, let the public know what you did, who you met with those eight years?\
SEN. CLINTON: Absolutely. I’ve urged that the process be as quick as possible. It’s a cumbersome process, set up by law. It doesn’t just apply to us, it applies to everyone in our position. And I have urged that our end of it move as expeditiously as we can. Now, also, President Bush claims the right to look at anything that is released, and I would urge the Bush White House to move as quickly as possible.\
MR. RUSSERT: But you’ve had it for more than a month. Will you get to him — will you get it to the White House immediately?\
SEN. CLINTON: As soon as we can, Tim. I’ve urged that, and I hope it will happen.
Q. She (Senator Clinton) was asked about her public schedule and papers that were released from the National Archives to her husband back on January 30th. She says that she will release these papers as soon as she can. She said in her comments to Tim that President Bush claims the right to look at anything that is released, seeming to suggest that maybe that’s sort of one of the reasons she hasn’t released this sort of information.\
I’m wondering have you, A, been approached, has the administration, the President been approached by the Clinton folks about releasing any of these papers? Has there been any reservation on behalf of the administration that would say we don’t want to release any public schedule papers of Senator Clinton while she was First Lady? And second, can you sort of tell me about the process, is this fairly common, where they just go, okay, I want to release these papers, I go to the next administration and say, here are 10,000 papers — and then you guys sort of have to vet each and every page?\
DANA PERINO: The White House reviews the notices from the National Archives as quickly as practicable. No action can be taken until the Clinton representative notifies the archives of his decision whether to release or withhold any material. As of right now, there are none that are ripe for White House action that we know of. And, no, to my knowledge we have not been contacted by Mrs. Clinton or anyone else about moving more quickly with the review and release of Clinton material, specifically, her schedules. That pace is set by the Clinton representative to review the requested material once he receives notice from the National Archives (subject to the review period established in the National Archives regulations). On January 31, we were notified by the National Archives that they propose to release over 11,000 pages of records in whole or in part relating to the schedules of the First Lady Hillary Clinton. Former President Clinton’s representative was notified concurrently. Presently, we have not received notice that the Clinton representative has reached a decision on the release or withholding of any of Mrs. Clinton’s schedules.
To give you an understanding of the process, the White House Counsel’s office receives notification from the National Archives that it proposes to release records. We then wait for the representative for President Clinton (Bruce Lindsey) to review those records and make a decision whether to withhold or release them. If the Clinton representative approves the release of the records, we act as quickly as practicable to review the notice and any records that we believe this Administration’s interests or equities in some way (eg. Clinton records dealing with the transition to the current Bush Administration). In any event, it is our intent and has been the practice to act on any requests as quickly as possible. To date, over 550,000 pages have been released in whole or in part and we have not made a decision to object to the release of any Clinton records.
— Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times