White House Says It Will Block Release of Clinton Emails to Obama

White House officials say they will not allow emails between President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be made public as part of the court-ordered release of all her emails when she was secretary.

A senior unidentified White House official said Friday that releasing the communications at this time would violate the long tradition of records remaining confidential while a president is in office.

"It is a principle that previous White Houses have vigorously defended, as it goes to the core of the president's ability to receive unvarnished advice and counsel during his time in office and is central to the independent functioning of the executive branch," the official said. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS WEBSITE

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