The FBI has collected nearly 15,000 new emails in its investigation of Hillary Clinton by scouring Mrs. Clinton’s server and the computer archives of government officials with whom she corresponded.
Judge James E. Boasberg of Federal District Court has ordered that the State Department accelerate the documents’ release which now must set a timetable for their release, according to Judge Boasberg’s order.
“Hillary Clinton seems incapable of telling the truth,” the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, said in a statement. “The process for reviewing these emails needs to be expedited, public disclosure should begin before early voting starts, and the emails in question should be released in full before Election Day.”
According to the Washington Examiner ,State Department officials must fast-track a review of 14,900 emails that were recovered by the FBI from Hillary Clinton’s private server, a federal judge said Monday.
The order came as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by conservative-leaning Judicial Watch over records related to Clinton’s longtime confidante Huma Abedin.
The State Department must quickly examine the deleted records for sensitive or duplicate material before providing the emails to Judicial Watch. Although FBI Director James Comey said last month that the FBI had recovered “several thousand” emails from Clinton’s private network, the administration had declined to provide a specific figure before Monday.
Judicial Watch could provide public access to the emails once it receives them. A State Department spokesman said last week that officials had not yet decided whether the new emails would also be published online, as were the roughly 30,000 emails Clinton submitted in late 2014.
Clinton previously claimed to have turned over all work-related emails to the State Department. However, a year-long FBI investigation uncovered thousands of official communications that Clinton’s team scrubbed from her personal network.
The same FOIA case that forced the State Department to reveal the 14,900 previously undisclosed documents will compel Clinton to answer written questions about her email practices under oath. A judge stopped short of ordering her to submit for a deposition last week in a ruling that allowed Judicial Watch attorneys to serve the Democratic nominee with a questionnaire.
Six of Clinton’s current and former aides were forced to testify about the email network in May and June.