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Watchdog Group sues for Rights to View Hillary Clinton’s White House Records

July 18, 2007

Here is the article that appeared on thehill.com:

The watchdog group Judicial Watch revealed Wednesday that it is suing for access to documents from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) time as first lady.

The documents include Clinton’s daily office diary, her telephone logbook and her schedule.

More than a year ago, the group filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, which operated the Clinton Presidential Library records, but did not get access to the documents.

“This lawsuit is a first step in obtaining access to new documents about Hillary Clinton’s role in the Clinton White House,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “With Hillary Clinton aggressively pursuing the presidency, uncovering the truth about her activities in the White House is just as relevant today as it was during the Clinton era.”

The group filed its lawsuit Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

“Given Mrs. Clinton’s current status as a presidential candidate, if not the front-runner for the Democratic Party’s nomination, the public interest in her tenure as First Lady is undeniable,” the lawsuit stated. “Because Mrs. Clinton seeks our nation’s highest office and may well be the next President of the United States, the public interest weighs heavily in favor of enjoining the Library from continuing to withhold the records at issue.”

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