State Department officials have requested an extension on releasing Hillary Clinton emails from her tenure as Secretary of State because they won’t make the deadline of January 29. The State Department are requesting a one-month extension. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner said State will release as many emails as possible on January 29th and will release the rest at the end of February if the court grants its request. Under the court’s timeline for release, State was supposed to make public the final batch of documents — which will be the largest in terms of page volume — on Jan. 31. Instead they’re seeking an extension through Feb. 29.
The news comes just days after the intelligence community inspector general told lawmakers that intelligence agencies had discovered classified information in Clinton’s emails that’s even more sensitive than “top secret” — the highest classification of national security information in government. Clinton has consistently maintained that none of the messages were marked classified when she sent them. The letter reignited questions about a longstanding debate between State and intelligence agencies, who have disagreed about the level of classification necessary for some of the emails that pass through Clinton’s unsecured server. Toner said State will release as many emails as possible by the deadline. Toner denied the delay has anything to do with the recent debate over classification.
The remaining emails are also the most complex to process as they contain a large amount of material that required interagency review.”
Clinton has previously said that she did not send classified information over her private email server. If the court approves the extension, it would push the release back until after the first four primary contests in the Democratic presidential race where Clinton is neck-and-neck to Senator Bernie Sanders. The State Department has released all but several thousand of the 55,000 emails pertinent to the former Secretary of State’s work, an issue that continues to plague her presidential run. The head of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus described the State Department’s efforts to delay the emails as politically motivated.
It’s clear that the State Department’s delay is all about ensuring any further damaging developments in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal are revealed only after the votes are counted in the early nominating states.”
Justice Department lawyers representing State said an “oversight” led officials to discover just last week that 7,254 pages of the emails had not been properly circulated for interagency review. Now, consultations on those records have been delayed by the winter storm bearing down on Washington, the legal filing said. The State Department’s submission said it may only make about 2,000 pages of messages public by next Friday’s deadline. However, it said some personnel involved in the email review had planned to work through the weekend and now won’t be able to. If the disruption continues into the work week next week, the tally could shrink even further, the filing said.