Clinton papers: Bin Laden, Haiti and Supreme Court

Former US President Bill Clinton asked advisers for more information on Osama bin Laden in 1998 after flagging a newspaper story, according to records from the Clinton White House that were released today.

Washington: Former US President Bill Clinton asked advisers for more information on Osama bin Laden in 1998 after flagging a newspaper story, according to records from the Clinton White House that were released today.

The records also detail consideration of military action in Haiti in 1994 and preparations for Supreme Court nomination hearings.

The National Archives released about 1,000 pages of previously restricted documents from Clinton`s two terms, part of about 20,000 pages of Clinton records that have been released since February.

The papers, which are stored at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, have received interest as former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton considers another presidential bid in 2016.

The latest batch shows Clinton asked his national security aides whether the CIA overstated bin Laden`s role in the August 1998 bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Clinton made the query after reading a The New York Times story.
Other papers show Clinton`s team weighed options to restore democracy and remove military leaders who staged a coup in Haiti, along with security plans for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

The documents also cover the Supreme Court nominations of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer.

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