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Clinton Papers, Out Friday, May Shed Light on Scandals

Clinton Papers, Out Friday, May Shed Light on Scandals

By    |   Tuesday, 07 October 2014 12:23 PM

Presidential scholars will have a field day Friday as thousands of previously secret documents from the Clinton White House finally are released.

However, it may not be good news for Hillary Clinton, Politico noted, because "at least some of the records pertain to former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who's mulling a bid for the presidency."

While millions of documents will remain unreleased pending archival processing or because they hold classified information, some of the documents could be eye-openers on past scandals within the Clinton administration.

Clinton's commutation of prison sentences of four New York Hasidic Jews, imprisoned for bilking the U.S. government out of tens of millions of dollars while Hillary Clinton was running for the Senate in New York and had meetings with supporters of the four, likely will be covered in the documents, Politico states. A federal investigation was launched but charges were not filed.

Clinton's much-criticized pardon of billionaire financier Marc Rich "became one of the most infamous moments of Clinton's presidency, sullying the president's reputation as he walked out the door," Politico notes, and documents cover that period.

The documents, seeing the light of day for the first time in the 12 years since Bill Clinton left office, are expected to provide insight into the decision-making process of the Clinton administration regarding some flashpoint issues of the time.

Memos related to meetings Bill Clinton held with the Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding the "don't ask, don't tell" policy about gays in the military will be included, Politico says, noting that advisers "discussed their personal viewpoints of homosexuality (choice vs. genetics)" and "some of the views expressed privately on the subject could sound outdated or even offensive to many Americans."

Politico expects the documents could contain revelations about the death of Clinton White House attorney Vince Foster in July 1993.

Foster's suicide note mysteriously was not turned over to authorities until 30 hours after a search of his White House office, and the papers are expected to contain a memo from David Gergen, White House counselor, to Deputy Attorney General Philip Heymann about the suicide note. One document is listed as "Photocopy note from Vincent Foster to Hillary Rodham Clinton (Re: Health Care Task Force lawsuit)," Politico wrote.

Several of Foster's personal notes are being held back from release on privacy grounds.

The Obama administration also has been involved in reviewing the documents prior to their release.

National Archives spokeswoman Diane LeBlanc told Politico, "The representatives of the incumbent and former presidents have completed their review of the Clinton Presidential records related to appointments to federal office and/or confidential advice that were previously withheld under the provisions of the Presidential Records Act."

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