WASHINGTON – The National Archives is releasing 2,000 pages of documents from former President Bill Clinton’s administration on Friday, unsealing documents related to Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 campaign, the Clinton White House’s handling of gays serving in the military and the Supreme Court nominations of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer.
Thousands of pages of records have been released this year from Clinton’s era as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton weighs a second presidential campaign. The former first lady’s new book on her State Department years, “Hard Choices,” will be released on Tuesday.
The records have offered insights into the internal workings of the Democratic president’s two terms during the 1990s. Past installments have focused on Clinton’s unsuccessful effort to overhaul the health care system and his response to the 1994 elections that led to Republican control of Congress.
Gore’s campaign dominated the final year of the administration as he sought to succeed Clinton. The vice president, who won the popular vote, ultimately lost to Republican George W. Bush following a lengthy recount saga in Florida.
Clinton’s administration created the “don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy that addressed gays serving in the armed services. And during his first term, Clinton nominated Ginsburg and Breyer to the Supreme Court, a process that the records could help illuminate.
Other papers scheduled for release cover the administration’s response to international crises in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia; terrorism; the Oklahoma City bombing and efforts to spread democratic reform in Cuba.
The records are being disseminated through the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark.