Secret Clinton memos to be released on Gore campaign, 2000 recount

Democratic presidential hopeful Vice President Al Gore addresses a rally as President Clinton listens in Monroe, Mich., Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000. 'You know, Bill Clinton worked hard to get this economy right. And I'm pledging to you here today, I am not going to let the other side wreck it and take it away from us,' the vice president told a cheering crowd of thousands in the courthouse square. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Original Filename: GORE 2000.jpg ORG XMIT: MIPS107 President Bill Clinton attends a campaign event for Vice President Al Gore in his 2000 bid to succeed Clinton in the White House. (AP/Paul Sancya)

The National Archives on Friday will release about 4,000 pages of secret memos and other internal records from President Bill Clinton's administration, including communications about then-Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.

This is the second batch of roughly 25,000 pages of Clinton White House records that had been withheld from public view and are being released now over several weeks at the Clinton Presidential Library. An earlier cache of records released in late February documented efforts by first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's advisers to shape her political image, as well as memos related to health-care policy and national security issues.

The records being released Friday cover a wide array of issues, including the 2000 presidential election recount in Florida; adviser Ira Magaziner's files on health care reform; President John F. Kennedy's assassination; 1994 genocide in Rwanda; and the transition to President George W. Bush's administration.

Philip Rucker is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he has reported since 2005.

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