The National Archives will release thousands of pages of former First Lady Hillary Clinton’s daily schedules within the next two weeks, according to a new court filing.
The controversial documents have been the subject of a legal battle between the nonprofit right-leaning watchdog group Judicial Watch and the National Archives, which is the custodian of the records.
The documents are of heightened interest as now-Sen. Clinton, D-N.Y., pursues her presidential ambitions.
In a filing dated March 1, the Archives says it is preparing to release 10,000 of roughly 30,000 pages which comprise Clinton’s daily schedules, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. It is asking for more time to process the remaining 20,000 pages for release. The Archives blame their slow pace on a lack of resources.
The documents are held by the Clinton Presidential Library, a component of the National Archives and Records Administration, which is staffed by career NARA archivists.
The library’s apparent slowness to release documents has come under fire during Hillary Clinton’s presidential run, because many believe that its documents would be the "mother lode" for researchers working for Clinton’s opponents, as one Republican consultant told the Los Angeles Times last August.
While the FOIA process is managed by Archives personnel, it includes a step whereby a designee of former President Clinton’s – former White House aide Bruce Lindsey – reviews each page before it can be released.
According to the National Archives, Lindsey has not missed a deadline to complete his review. In most cases, Lindsey is given by law between 30 and 45 days to check and approve documents for public release.
In a statement, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton blasted the Clintons and the National Archives. "We are pleased we are finally getting Hillary’s daily schedules despite the Clintons’ delaying tactics," he said, adding that "the Archives needs to get its act together and comply with the law, which requires the timely release of these records."