TODAY   |  April 19, 2014

Clinton papers reveal some political irony

The latest batch of Clinton-era documents released this week reveal that in 1993 the White House courted Chelsea Clinton's current mother-in-law, then-Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky, for support for their healthcare law. NBC's Kristen Welker reports.

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>>> newly released documents are giving the world a look into the clinton white house and the role of then first lady hillary clinton . they were released to the national archives and the clinton presidential library . kristen welker tells us more about them. kristen?

>> reporter: lester, good morning to you. the latest release of 700 pages in all puts the clinton family's big news this week into new focus. just a day after chelsea clinton claimed the spotlight with a bit of baby news --

>> marc and i are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year.

>> reporter: back in 1993 , clinton 's courted her current mother-in-law, marc's mom, then congresswoman mezvinsky, her name listed as an important vote.

>> clinton white how was really going after congresswoman marjorie margouiles-mezvinsky, who then became part of the family when chelsea married marc.

>> i think the documents show how much she worked in tandem with her husband and it's a real contrast to what we see today. michelle obama did not appear to play that much of a role, at least publicly, in her husband's politics.

>> and the files shed new light on president's clinton 's new efforts to regain his political footing as he prepared to deliver the 1999 state of the union address , adviser sid bloomenthal warned the scandal is an unavoidable subject. he advised him to deal with the subject only once and to call for an end of divisions.

>> yet perhaps in the daily press of events, in the clash of controversy, we don't see our own time for what it truly is, a new dawn for america.

>> reporter: the documents also reveal health care was just as politically divisive back then as it is now, as republicans swept the 1994 races due in part to health care overhaul. the communications director said at the time, quote, we got slaughtered. lester?