But when it comes to grand jury documents, the National Archives is charged with keeping them in perpetuity, even though there’s no way for the public to access them, ever, without the great expense and trouble of begging for them before a federal court.

It makes one wonder: what’s the point in keeping these records if no one will ever get to see them?

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Clint Hendler is the managing editor of Mother Jones, and a former deputy editor of CJR.