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U.S. State Department due to release last of Clinton emails

January 31, 2016 - UNITED STATES

The State Department is required to release to the public the last batch of some 55,000 pages of Hillary Clinton emails by the end of January, but the release won't close the chapter on the toxic issue for the former Secretary of State and now Democratic presidential candidate.

The uproar over Clinton's exclusive use of private, rather than official, email during her tenure can be counted on to dog her candidacy because there is still the issue of the emails she wiped from the server.

CNN notes that because Clinton's emails were on a private server, it's hard to know whether the thousands of pages submitted contain all the emails of interest. The question is unanswerable because she wiped the server clean. The wiping represents a potential gift to rivals on the presidential ticket.

Congressional Republicans are particularly interested in the emails related to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in Jun 2012, during her tenure as Secretary of State. Four people were killed and Clinton has been under fire for the attack. Republicans want to be sure that the 297 Benghazi-related emails they have seen represent the total.

The documents were filed in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Vice News in January. The State Department cites the volume of emails, and the review time required due to their sensitive nature, among the reasons for the delay in the court-ordered release.

Clinton is the first Secretary of State to exclusively use a private account.

Benghazi chairman: No Clinton testimony until documents received (CBS 15 May 2015)

State Department: We need until January 2016 to release Clinton emails (CNN 19 May 2015)

State Department plans to release Hillary Clinton's emails in January 2016 (Politico 18 May 2015)

Date written/update: 2016-01-14