21
Aug
2005

Library Missing Roberts File: Papers Lost After Lawyers' Review

If there is nothing to hide, why can't they let people see these files? This is intolerable behavior.

Library Missing Roberts File
Papers Lost After Lawyers' Review

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Jo Becker
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, August 17, 2005; Page A04

A file folder containing papers from Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr.'s work on affirmative action more than 20 years ago disappeared from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library after its review by two lawyers from the White House and the Justice Department in July, according to officials at the library and the National Archives and Records Administration.

Archivists said the lawyers returned the file but it now cannot be located. No duplicates of the folder's contents were made before the lawyers' review. Although one of the lawyers has assisted in the Archives' attempt to reconstruct its contents from other files, officials have no way of independently verifying their effort was successful. [...] Read the rest at the Washington Post web site: //tinyurl.com/chdyv

Other efforts of Bush to be able to rewrite or hide the past, despite the fact that under the Presidential Records Act of 1978 Presidential and Vice Presidential materials are PUBLIC property. Seems fair: We paid for it all... See this article at the Freedom of Information Center:

House Panel Seeks Release of Presidential Papers

By Adam Clymer
The New York Times
October 10, 2002

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 - A House committee voted without dissent today to overturn President Bush's executive order that delayed release of President Ronald Reagan's papers and allowed relatives of future presidents to keep papers secret.

Representative Dan Burton, the Indiana Republican who is chairman of the Government Reform Committee, said: "I have great respect for President Bush. He's doing a superb job in these very difficult times. However, on this issue, I think he's gotten some advice that wasn't very good."

Other members were blunter. For example, Representative Doug Ose, Republican of California, said the executive order "violates not only the spirit but also the letter of the Presidential Records Act." [...] Read it at //tinyurl.com/xka3


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