- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The daily life of a former first lady will soon be under close scrutiny.

More than 11,000 pages detailing the personal schedule of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton when she lived in the White House will be made available to the press by the National Archives at 10 a.m. today.

The federal agency is responding to a Freedom of Information Act request filed almost two years ago by Judicial Watch, a D.C.-based government-watchdog group that has long investigated both Mrs. Clinton and former President Bill Clinton.

The chronological records from 1993 to 1998 were taken from the files of Patti Solis Doyle, then a special assistant to the president and director of scheduling for the first lady, and include particulars about meetings, trips, speaking engagements and social activities that occurred over 2,888 days.

“The documents could disclose who Hillary Clinton was meeting with as first lady — from her White House staff to Democratic fundraisers. Those who see the documents may be looking for names like Vince Foster [and] Johnny Chung,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Mr. Foster was deputy White House counsel during the first term of the Clinton administration. His death on July 20, 1993, was ruled a suicide by federal investigators. Chung donated more than $360,000 to the Democratic National Committee in the mid-1990s and was eventually convicted of bank fraud, tax evasion and violation of election laws.

“Her role as first lady was controversial and scandalous. These documents may serve as further evidence of that. We’ll just have to wait and see what’s in them,” Mr. Fitton said.

Mrs. Clinton did not flinch about the impending barrage of new information yesterday.

“I’m the most transparent person in public life,” she said, noting that some 60 books already have been penned about her life.

“This will be an exciting day for all of you. Stay tuned. There will be a lot more that can fill many archives and warehouses across the world,” she told reporters during a Philadelphia press conference.

“The release of these records further exemplifies President Clinton’s efforts to ensure a full record of his presidency is made public. President Clinton’s representative, Bruce Lindsey, has not asked that any documents be withheld that the Archives has designated for release,” said Jay Carson, Mrs. Clinton’s spokesman.

“This release represents a far greater commitment to transparency than we have seen from Senator [Barack] Obama, who has to this point offered his own constantly shifting explanations for why he will not release his records from the Illinois state Senate,” he added.

The records will be available on CDs to journalists at the Archives and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., where archivists completed an “exacting page-by-page, line-by-line review of approximately 10,000 of the 30,000 pages of records potentially responsive to [Judicial Watch’s] April 5, 2006, Freedom of Information Act [request],” according to a notification Archives sent the U.S. District Court on March 1.

Of the 11,046 pages set to be opened, 4,746 have redactions — private information deleted to protect third parties, including Social Security numbers, telephone numbers and home addresses. Judicial Watch also requested that Mrs. Clinton’s old telephone logs be released; the agency has estimated it could take up to two years to begin processing them, according to Mr. Fitton.

What’s available already has piqued curiosity. So far, about 15 news organizations have registered for a look, according to Archives spokeswoman Miriam Kleiman. The records will be posted online “as soon as possible” on the library Web site, www.clintonlibrary.gov.

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