The FBI reportedly found nearly 15,000 emails and documents from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state that had not been disclosed by her attorneys. A federal judge wants the State Department to release them to the public before the election.
The 14,900 emails make up nearly 50 percent more than the approximately 30,000 emails that Clinton's attorneys deemed work-related and handed over to the State Department in 2014.
It's not clear why so many emails were not appropriately handed over, but The Washington Post pointed out that the criteria Clinton's attorneys used for determining which emails were work-related or not relied mainly on certain keywords in the subject heading. In addition, no observers from Clinton's privately hired staff were allowed to be involved in process of determining work-related emails.
Clinton's decision to use a private email server and then maintain that nearly 50 percent of her emails were “personal” has dogged her campaign for months. And with the latest batch of emails to be released before Election Day, it ensures that the email scandal will continue to be a story right up until the election. A release schedule is slated to commence on Oct. 14 and continue until Nov. 4, reported The Guardian. Election Day is Nov. 8.
Federal Judge James Boasberg said on Aug. 22 that he would like the emails to be released sooner and will have another hearing to check progress on Sept. 22.
Judicial Watch, the conservative legal group at the forefront of the lawsuit that has led to Clinton's emails being made public, tepidly praised the decision to expedite the process to make the emails public.
“We’re pleased the court accelerated the State Department’s timing,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “We’re trying to work with the State Department here, but let’s be clear: They have slow-walked and stonewalled the release of these records. They’ve had many of them since July 25 ... and not one record has yet been released, and we don’t understand why that’s the case.”
Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus said he would like voters to get a chance to read the emails before casting their votes in November.
"The process for reviewing these emails needs to be expedited, public disclosure should begin before early voting starts, and the emails in question should be released in full before Election Day," Priebus said, according to Politico.