On Dec. 29, 2016, the State Department released hundreds more of the 15,000 emails handed over to the FBI from Hillary Clinton's private server.
Approximately 1,031 pages of 371 emails became public, though the State Department said that many of them are "near duplicates" of those released in 2014, with notes like "please print" added to email chains that have already been made public, according to The Hill.
The State Department handed over thousands of Clinton's emails to the FBI, after she surrendered 55,000 pages of emails, but deleted roughly 30,000 from the private server that she used as Secretary of State. Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the department will review 500 pages per month and release pertinent documents accordingly, after reviewing approximately 1,000 emails before Election Day.
The additional email release comes days after an appeals court in December reversed a lower court ruling and determined that State and National Archives did not do enough to recover the deleted emails, note Reuters. Judge Stephen Williams, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, determined that the lawsuits from Judicial Watch and Cause of Action were legitimate after a district judge ruled the suits moot, saying that State and National Archives made a "sustained effort" to uncover Clinton's information.
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"The Department has not explained why shaking the tree harder - e.g., by following the statutory mandate to seek action by the Attorney General -- might not bear more still," Williams wrote. "Absent a showing that the requested enforcement action could not shake loose a few more emails, the case is not moot."
Of the 15,000 emails, 60 percent were deemed to be completely personal, while 37 percent (5,600 emails) were considered relevant to Clinton's work with the State Department, notes The Hill. State Department lawyers said that a "substantial number" of the 5,600 were duplicates of the emails turned over in December 2014 and will not be released.