On MSNBC this morning, Alex Seitz-Wald reported on a problem for reporters seeking access to the press availability of Hillary Rodham Clinton this afternoon after remarks by the former secretary of state at the United Nations in New York. “It’s appearing at the U.N., which has a notoriously difficult credentialing process, so there’s going to be a restriction on the number of reporters who can come in. You have to apply 24 hours in advance for press passes.”

As noted in the Weekly Standard, news of Clinton’s intentions to address the media this afternoon regarding her private e-mail scandal leaked out too late for compliance with any 24-hour window. The Erik Wemple Blog has made several inquiries at U.N. offices about the requirements and will update as soon as we hear more.

In any case, the Erik Wemple Blog asked the Clinton camp what’s up. Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton, responded: “Can’t speak to UN rules but we worked into the wee hours of the morning to give members of the press a heads up as we confirmed the details, and this morning are working with USUN to help us get journalists access. I just send a mass note to press giving them instructions on how to gain access, and we are going to do our best to include anyone that wasn’t already coming. It’s important to us that those who want to get in and cover the events can do so.”

Good idea: The last thing the Clinton people need are access questions regarding a transparency crisis.

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