Clinton White House Records Released, No Assertion of Privilege

On February 28th, the former President’s Library released several thousand pages of records from the Clinton White House. Under the Presidential Records Act, records may be withheld for processing for up to 12 years after a president leaves office. By the end of 12 years, Presidents may assert privilege over some documents—although the process for this assertion can change with each administration. Under President Obama’s executive order, the incumbent president has the final call on whether a claim of privilege will be asserted.

In January, the House passed the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014, which would create a process for the assertion of executive privilege over Presidential Records. As we said then, the orderly process established by the bill would help maximize the public access to these records.

According to the Obama administration, the Clinton White House has not asserted privilege over any of the 25,000 documents ready for release. According to Politico, nearly 8,000 documents from the Clinton White House are still being processed for release.

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