Watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Monday that although the FBI recovered 72,000 pages of Hillary Clinton records last year, the State Department has only turned over 32,000 of them, and a federal judge is demanding to know why they are dragging their feet.
Judicial Watch had filed a lawsuit in May 2015 seeking all emails that Clinton sent during her term as Secretary of State, from February 2009 to January 31, 203.
At a federal court hearing on Thursday, October 19, Judge James E. Boasberg ordered the State Department to “explain how its anticipated increase in resources will affect processing of records in this case and when the processing of each disk is likely to be completed,” Judicial Watch reported.
State Department officials reportedly would not commit to getting the remaining 40,000 pages processed any faster. Judicial Watch noted that “at the current pace, the Clinton emails and other records won’t be fully available for possible release until at least 2020.”
Clinton had tried deleting at least 33,000 government-related emails from her private server.
Judicial Watch is demanding answers of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on why the emails are still being withheld.
“Secretary Tillerson should be asked why his State Department is still sitting on a motherlode of Clinton emails,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “It is disheartening that an administration elected to ‘drain the swamp’ is stalling the release of documents to protect Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration.”
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