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A batch of 591 pages was declassified by the Clinton Library between March and July of this year [2018], and released publicly on July 13, 2018. They are transcripts of face-to-face meetings and telephone conversations. Click to read them here.
This means that the records from 1996 were eligible for release in 2006; the 1999 documents carry classification restrictions which were due to expire in 2009. Why another ten years have passed [BWAH!] without release hasn't been noticed by American reporters nor explained. Russian analysts haven't noticed the delay. Instead, they speculate that the timing of the release now is an American plot. Georgy Bovt claims in Gazeta.ru that the release has been contrived by the Trump Administration, though Bovt isn't clear what their motive is, except to reveal Yeltsin and Clinton agreeing on US Government involvement to sway the outcome of the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections in Russia.
 "The main lesson of the publication of the Clinton-Yeltsin talks," reported Pyotr Akopov in Vzglyad, "is to see once again the difference between the sovereign state which Russia is today, and the semi-colony into which it voluntarily turned itself then."  Is it possible, Bovt asked in his essay  in Gazeta.ru, for Russia to have a non-adversarial partnership with the US in principle?  His conclusion - not then, not now, not ever.
narrative summary of National Archive cache, duly noting Boris' comical defense of Ukraine from NATO in WH "call memos", "telcons" (linked).

APsplainin | Anatomy of the phone call now IMPERILLING Trump's presidency

Trump says it was an innocent, "perfect" call. But some White House staffers, worried that Trump seemed to be asking Ukraine for dirt on Biden, sounded alarms. They suggested the memorandum of the call -- "telcon" for short -- be transferred into a restricted server, usually reserved for documents about covert operations.

This call, as well as others Trump has had with foreign leaders, was unusual in other ways, too. In past administrations, top foreign policy officials routinely briefed a president in person right before a call and provided written materials as well.

two citations
A former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul worked at the NSC during the Obama administration and helped write briefs to prepare for dozens of calls with Russian leaders, including Vladimir Putin.
[U.S. intelligence Situation Room manager Obama admin, Larry] Pfeiffer said his predecessor told him that the White House stopped taping presidential calls in the 1970s when President Richard Nixon recorded 3,700 hours of conversations, transcripts of which* were used by Watergate investigators and during impeachment hearings that followed.

Pfeiffer said [Trump] White House lawyers finally approved the idea of having a duty officer, wearing a headset, sit in a separate room, and repeat what was said on the call into voice-to-text software -- again without creating any audio recording.

< wipes tears >
* not state department or WH diplomatic calls LOL; declassification of these by EO and statute are ongoing. Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power (2007) is a good read. More recently Obama made a present (2016) of State Dept cables declassified in 2002

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by Cat on Sat Oct 12th, 2019 at 04:27:35 PM EST
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