The State Department is scheduling a deadline of Jan. 15, 2016 to finish its review and release of 55,000 private emails sent by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton through a private email account and server during her time in the position.
The release date was in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by Vice News earlier this year, seeking all of Clinton’s emails, Politico reported.
“The Department’s plan … would result in its review being completed by the end of the year. To factor in the holidays, however, the Department would ask the Court to adopt a proposed completion date of January 15, 2016,” John Hackett, the State Department’s director of Information Programs and Services said in a declaration filed in Washington, D.C.
In March, when Clinton spoke for the first time on the email scandal, she expressed desire for “the public to see my emails” and requested that her former employers release all of them, CNN wrote.
Hackett understood how public and important the emails were to those in the political field and watching from the outside. He said the department needs more time to create a final and comprehensive statement to present to the federal government and the interested public.
“The collection is, however, voluminous and, due to the breadth of topics, the nature of the communications, and the interests of several agencies, presents several challenges,” Hackett said.
During her time as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, Clinton used a private account to write emails and conduct government business operations. CNN noted that former secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell both had their own private email addresses, but never used them for government business.
The release date also comes at a possibly inopportune time for Clinton, as the presidential Iowa caucuses will be held on Feb. 1, two weeks after the scheduled release of the email report. If findings show any indication of wrongdoing, specifically with her role in the terror attack at Benghazi, Libya in 2012, her presidential bid may be negatively affected.
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