Republican officials are suing to get their hands on President Bill Clinton’s schedules as it pertains to the Clinton Foundation while his wife served as secretary of state.
But they are not likely to get those records while they can still be used against Hillary Clinton in the November election,Politico reported.
The State Department agrees that there are around 5,500 pages they will release in response to several Freedom of Information Act requests, but the agency is only required by law to hand over 500 per month.
And when the records are turned over there will be numerous redactions to protect the former president’s privacy.
“Given the well-documented conflicts of interest for the Clinton State Department posed by his paid speeches and corrupt family foundation, the notion that Bill Clinton’s schedule should be off-limits from scrutiny is ridiculous,” Republican National Committee spokesman Raj Shah said.
The RNC believes its case rest on three main factors.
The fact that former President Clinton’s office is taxpayer funded, that he worked closely with his wife’s State Department and the international donations made to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State.
“The record … reflects that State Department officials and Clinton Foundation officials worked essentially hand in glove, coordinating President Clinton’s schedule and whom he would speak with, as well as talking points and even briefings with regard to political ramifications of certain meetings or events,” RNC attorney Jason Torchinsky wrote in court filings. “The electronic calendar records at issue here merely are a function of, and inextricably intertwined with, that coordinated effort with the federal agency officials.”
In June the RNC asked that the records be released without redactions, Politico reported.
“With respect to this former president, because of the unprecedented intersection of federal government policy issues and ethical questions surrounding the Clinton Foundation, the State Department’s extensive interest in the Clinton Foundation’s activities while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State is well documented. The idea that former President Clinton’s actions purely were or are those of a private citizen defies the imagination,” Torchinsky wrote.
Getting the documents sans redactions is highly unlikely. Politico said it took six years for it to get the schedules it received that were heavily redacted.
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