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National Archives release Oklahoma City bombing documents

The National Archives released thousands of pages of previously restricted documents from former President Bill Clinton’s administration, including about 30 pages related to the Oklahoma City bombing.
by Nolan Clay Published: April 18, 2014

The National Archives on Friday released almost 30 pages of previously restricted documents related to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Those documents were among about 7,500 pages from former President Bill Clinton’s administration that became public Friday.

The 19th anniversary of the terrorist attack is Saturday.

Among the most interesting documents on the bombing is a 1996 memo showing then-Vice President Al Gore cut back his involvement in the first anniversary because of victims’ complaints.

Gore had been scheduled to walk with victims from the bombing site to a memorial service at what was then known as the Myriad Convention Center.

His aides cut the processional walk from his April 19, 1996, schedule after then-city Councilman Mark Schwartz warned there was a small but growing sentiment against his participation in it, the memo shows.

Clinton and Gore were up for re-election in 1996.

“I think you would all agree that the last thing we want to do is appear to be opportunistic, or intrusive in a grieving process and day that is so painful to so many people” aide Jackie Dycke wrote.

“I also think that if we did do this, and ended up with several angry or upset people, it could reflect extremely poorly on the Gores.

“Regarding the schedule, we will go back to observing a moment of silence on the place, doing a meeting with federal workers, doing the memorial service, stopping by the Murrah site, and departing.”

Read the documents released Friday by the National Archives

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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