Clinton is less than two months away from ending her term as secretary of state. Paul Wester, chief records officer for National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), writes to his NARA co-workers, “We need to discuss what we know, and how we should delicately go about learning more about the transition plans for Secretary Clinton’s departure from State.” He says he has been warned of an effort to move Clinton’s files to Bill Clinton’s presidential library in Little Rock, Arkansas.
He adds that a co-worker is “asking questions about what we are doing to make sure everyone leaving the Administration does not leave with Federal records. I told him we are aware of the issue and are working on it.”
Officials at Clinton’s presidential library will later say they never heard of such an effort, and it wouldn’t have been appropriate for the library to house Hillary’s records in any case.
Wester will be interviewed in 2015 and will say the concern was over paper records only. “We had no information or no inkling of any issues with the email matters that have come to our attention more recently.” (Politico, 5/21/2015)