The State Department has agreed to release all emails sent and received by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state that were found on her private email server as part of an FBI investigation.
The emails will be released to conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, which filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that led to the release of thousands of the Democratic presidential nominee's old emails. According to CNN, it's not yet clear if the emails will be released to the public.
The emails are expected to be released periodically.
“In our filing, we advised that we would be prepared to suggest a production schedule to the court on Aug. 22,” State Department Director of Press Relations Elizabeth Trudeau said in a statement to Fox News.
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According to FBI Director James Comey, there are “thousands” of work-related emails that Clinton's team of lawyers failed to hand over to the FBI. But during his agency's investigation, they were eventually found.
“We found those additional e-mails in a variety of ways. Some had been deleted over the years and we found traces of them on devices that supported or were connected to the private e-mail domain,” Comey said in a statement. “Others we found by reviewing the archived government e-mail accounts of people who had been government employees at the same time as Secretary Clinton, including high-ranking officials at other agencies, people with whom a Secretary of State might naturally correspond.”
Comey added: “This helped us recover work-related e-mails that were not among the 30,000 produced to State. Still others we recovered from the laborious review of the millions of e-mail fragments dumped into the slack space of the server decommissioned in 2013.”
The announcement that thousands of Clinton emails will be released comes at the same time that rumors are circulating about the FBI and Justice Department investigating “pay for play” allegations within the Clinton Foundation, Bill and Hillary Clinton's nonprofit organization, which received large donations from foreign business leaders while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.
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Rumors of a possible investigation were first reported by conservative news site The Daily Caller. But days before that report, The New York Times reported on emails that showed a wealthy Lebanese businessman who donated to the Clinton Foundation sought favor from the State Department.