The State Department is releasing nearly 3,000 pages from Hillary Clinton’s emails from her tenure as Secretary of State on Thursday evening, Jan. 7, 2016. The State Department fell short for their total goal for the year when they did their monthly release last week on Dec. 31. Since the amount required is court ordered the State Department promised to release more pages of emails this week, and they are keeping their word.
The department should have released 82 percent of all Clinton’s emails by the end of 2015 according to the court order requiring their monthly release. As of the end of December, The 5,500 pages released consist of 3,100 emails spread over her 2009 to 2013 tenure. This marks the eighth time the State Department has released batches of Clinton’s emails, they are supposed to make all her emails from her four-year tenure public by Jan. 29, 2016. To make up for the missing amount the department announced they are releasing 2,900 more pages this week.
Last week the department dropped 5,500 pages of Clinton’s emails from her private server and made them available to the public. By the end of 2015, the State Department released only 40,000 pages of Clinton’s 55,000 pages of emails. The 82 percent mark they should have reached would have meant the department would have released 45,000 pages by now. The State Department was supposed to release 8,000 pages of emails 16 percent of the emails. Now they are releasing the missing 3,000 pages.
State Department spokesman John Kirby spoke to the press announcing and explaining the release. Kirby said, “In just a few short days, we’ve been able now to catch up to the 82 percent that we were responsible for. We’ll continue to do the best we can moving forward.”
With the new release, 45 more emails will be added to those marked classified. The new total of emails considered classified is now 1,319. Last week 275 more emails were marked classified. None of the emails added as classified were at the time they were sent. The majority are labeled “classified,” the lowest level of classification. There is, however, one email classified at a “higher level,” “confidential.” Last week two of the released emails had been “upgraded” to “secret” one of the higher levels of classification for national security.
The majority of Clinton’s emails contain mundane business, including scheduling for trips, engagements and meetings. Other emails give a deeper insight into Clinton the way she operated the State Department, her views and opinions of other political figures. Many of the emails include the advice and comments from former aide to a former President Bill Clinton Sidney Blumenthal, which have proved controversial. Other emails are light and humorous and show a more personal side to Clinton. The number of emails marked classified concern those who believe Clinton may have compromised national security by using her private email server that was vulnerable to hackers.
In December 2014, Clinton handed over 55,000 pages or over 30,000 of emails from the private email server she used to the State Department. The emails started on March 18, 2009, and came from two email account addresses email@example.com and HRod17@clintonemail.com. All the emails have to be released by January 29, 2016, according to a judge’s order in conservative group Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department.
The FBI is currently investigating to see if Clinton risked national security by using her server and if she sent classified information through it. The FBI is also trying to retrieve the erased emails from the server to see if any over 30,000 of the so-called personal emails Clinton erased off her server. Now Clinton’s email scandal is on the backburner, but that could change based on the FBI investigation, and so could her standing in the presidential campaign if the FBI she did risk national security.