Group Wants Clinton Phone Logs Released

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Thousands of pages of Hillary Rodham Clinton's schedule as first lady reveal her years in the White House as limited to a more traditional, restricted role.

The calendars, released Wednesday by the National Archives, reflect her extensive itineraries abroad, a record she has used in the presidential campaign to demonstrate readiness for office.

Her schedules show her meeting other political wives, having lunch with prominent women, touring cathedrals and hospitals and engaging in various ceremonial duties in trips to Japan, Russia and other countries.

Clinton's presidential campaign says the schedules don't reflect phone calls or impromptu strategy sessions. Those phone calls were at issue Thursday in federal court in Washington.

A conservative group that won release of the calendars was pushing for release of 20,000 pages of the former first lady's phone logs.

The National Archives estimates it will take at least one to two years before it can begin processing the phone logs and offers no estimate on a release date.

"Under the law, these phone records should have been released two years ago," said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, the group that succeeded in getting the calendars released. "Voters shouldn't have to wait two more years for these records of a presidential candidate."

Among other things discovered, the schedules also reveal Clinton was an early champion of the North American Free Trade Agreement -- which she now criticizes. The schedules show her holding at least five meetings in 1993 aimed at helping to win congressional approval of the deal.

The calendars raise at least as many questions as they answer about her statements in the campaign promoting her foreign policy experience.

For example, the calendars show that on problems in the Balkans, she met for 30 minutes in Washington on April 21, 1999, with the Macedonian ambassador to the United States, followed by her May 14, 1999, trip to the Balkans.

What is unclear is whether that experience justifies her statement on the campaign trail that "I negotiated open borders to let fleeing refugees into safety from Kosovo."

Also among the documents: stage directions during the 1996 presidential campaign for a bill signing ceremony on legislation to protect workers' health insurance.

The schedule states, "HRC will not have a role but will be seated in the front row."

Source: The Associated Press

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