Clinton's Schedules To Be Released, But Not Phone Logs

Hillary Clinton has taken heat throughout her presidential campaign for not forcing the release of documents detailing her activities during her time as first lady. Conservative advocacy group Judicial Watch and rival Barack Obama, among others, have called on Clinton to intervene to expedite the release of the documents.

Obama had this to say on the matter: "We have just gone through one of the most secretive administrations in our history. And not releasing, I think, these records — at the same time, Hillary, that you're making the claim that this is the basis for your experience — I think, is a problem."

Now the Associated Press reports that the National Archives said today that "it expects to release Hillary Rodham Clinton's schedules as first lady later this month, but has asked a judge to delay the release of thousands of her telephone logs for one to two years."

Clinton critics suggest that the Clintons are intervening to keep the papers secret, while backers say releasing the records is a long and time-consuming process. A Horserace primer on the ins and outs of the (rather complicated) issue can be found here.

The National Archives said in a court filing it needs more time to process the phone logs sought by Judicial Watch. "The Archives has said limited staff has hampered the release of records and has accused Judicial Watch of trying to jump ahead of other pending Freedom of Information Act requests," the AP reports.

The AP also notes that archivists "have been sorting through 80 million pages of documents and 20 million e-mails from Bill Clinton's two terms."

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