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Clinton library to release some documents tomorrow

Associated Press / June 10, 2010

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WASHINGTON — Former president Bill Clinton’s library, under pressure to quickly release reams of documents from Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s past, is planning to offer about 30,000 pages tomorrow from her stint in Clinton’s White House counsel’s office.

Susan Cooper, a spokeswoman for the National Archives and Records Administration, said the staff is “hoping to get through all the rest of the papers’’ requested by the Senate Judiciary Committee by tomorrow. That does not include nearly 80,000 pages of e-mails written by or to Kagan, which will be released later, Cooper added.

Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Judiciary Republican, said yesterday that senators needed access to all the records by week’s end.

“This idea that you can read the documents and immediately walk into the hearing room and ask an intelligent question is not true,’’ Sessions said. “You have to have an opportunity to go through it, to think about it.’’

Sessions has said he would ask for a delay of the June 28 hearing date if senators did not have time to review the documents, which total about 160,000 pages.

Senator Patrick Leahy, the Judiciary chairman and a Democrat from Vermont, said Republicans shouldn’t use the release of the files as a basis to call the hearings rushed. President George W. Bush’s administration refused to turn over some similar documents relating to his nominees, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.

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