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FOIA News: State Dep't under siege for Bill Clinton's schedules

FOIA News (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

New Clinton email fight: Bill Clinton's schedules

An RNC lawsuit is trying to force release of the records, but it may not gain traction before the election.

By Josh Gerstein, Politico, Aug. 9, 2016

Republicans have opened a new front in the sprawling legal war over the release of State Department emails: a battle to open up thousands of pages of schedules for former President Bill Clinton.

But the clock is ticking down on the GOP's hopes to use the trove of details on Clinton's post-presidency against his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, before the November election.

The records turned up recently in response to a broad-ranging Republican National Committee Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for all emails between various aides to Hillary Clinton during her four-year tenure as secretary of state and certain private Web domains used by the Clintons, the Clinton Foundation and related organizations.

State turned over 14 pages of heavily redacted Bill Clinton schedules to the RNC in June amid a smattering of other records. Just about the only substantive information left in the daily calendars for the former president were weather forecasts for the Clintons' home in Chappaqua, New York.

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