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Archivists released thousands of records from the Bill Clinton presidency on Friday, including documents on activities by former first lady -- and prospective 2016 presidential candidate -- Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The more than 4,000 pages of documents include records on the health care task force Mrs. Clinton chaired in 1993, as well as her efforts on children's issues, women's rights, and micro-credit for developing countries.

The Friday release is the first in a series of document dumps from the Clinton era over the next several weeks that are expected to total more than 30,000 pages.

Most of the focus will be on records related to Hillary Clinton, the former senator, secretary of State and unsuccessful presidential candidate in 2008 who may make another bid in 2016.

The William J. Clinton Presidential Library posted documents on its website, and made paper copies available at the library's research room in Little Rock, Ark.

The publication came just days after Politico reported that about 33,000 pages of records from the Clinton presidency have remained unavailable to the public, even though the legal restriction period expired in January 2013 (a dozen years after Clinton left office).

The documents have previously been exempted from disclosure requirements because they involve "appointments to federal office and confidential advice among the President and his advisors," said a statement from the National Archives and Records Administration.

Other papers released Friday detail lower-key items like the Northern Mariana Islands and Radio Free Europe.

There are also documents from the commission that investigated the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, touching on counter-terrorism actions that had taken place during the Clinton administration.

Hillary Clinton, who lost the 2008 Democratic presidential race to then-Sen. Barack Obama, is considered the front runner for the party's nomination in 2016, should she decide to run.

When the disclosure exemptions expired in 2013, the National Archives notified representatives of Clinton and President Obama of its intent to disclose the records "so that they may conduct a privilege review of the records," said the Archives statement.

"As they complete their review, NARA is able to make the records available," the statement said.

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