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Bill Clinton chafed at GOP push to abolish Commerce Dept.

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WASHINGTON - A new batch of records from former President Bill Clinton's administration shows the ex-president talking about congressional Republican plans to abolish a federal agency and White House concerns about Rwanda.

The records from 1996 show Clinton unloading on GOP lawmakers who wanted to kill the Commerce Department. Clinton suggested they wanted to get rid of the department because the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown was did a better job than corporate executives who had served.

Emails from 1994 also show difficult deliberations over Rwanda and whether to label the mass killings there genocide.

Thousands of pages of Clinton administration records have been released as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton considers running for president.

The former first lady's new book on her State Department years will be released Tuesday.

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