Almost every 60 days the State Department will release new batches of Hillary Clinton emails from her tenure as Secretary of State according a schedule filed in federal court on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The next batch will be released on June 30, and afterwards it will be a 60-day rolling basis, with all emails posted and made public by Jan. 15, 2016.
According the court filing, the State Department “will strive to produce as many documents as possible on each production date, and will file a status report one week after each production to inform the Court of the number of pages posted.”
Early last on Tuesday, May 19 the State Department said they will only review and make Clinton’s 55,000 pages of emails public by January 15, 2016. Then the State Department proposed releasing the emails after they were all reviewed, saying 1000 would be reviewed and redacted each week. The backlash led Clinton to say she wants to them released earlier.
Afterward the State Department indicated their original release date, U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled that the State Department would have to released them sooner, on a rolling basis, and provide the court with a revised schedule by Tuesday, May 26. The ruling was based on a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit Vice News’ Jason Leopold filed. The lawsuit aimed that the State Department release all emails and documents relating to Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State.
The schedule does not satisfy the plaintiff Leopold, his lawyer Ryan James plans to file a response asking that the batches of emails be released every two weeks. Neither is the chair of the House Select Committee on Benghazi Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. satisfied, he still wants Clinton to handover her private server, saying she had ultimate control over which of her emails were deleted, and may have deleted more emails than were handed over to the State Department.
Clinton originally had over 62,000 emails on her private server. In December 2014, Clinton handed over 30,000 emails, having erased some 30,000 emails she deemed personal. On Friday, May 22, the State Department released the 296 emails associated with the Benghazi terrors attacks from September 2012 that have already been handed over to the House committee. The 296 emails equaled to 850 printed pages with date ranges from January 2011 through Dec. 31, 2012. There is in total 55,000 pages that have to be released by and reviewed by the Freedom of Information Act office.
Full Text Hillary Clinton Secretary of State Emails, FOIA, May 22, 2015
Bonnie K. Goodman is the Editor of the Academic Buzz Network, a series of political, academic & education blogs which includes History Musings: History, News & Politics. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies, both from McGill University, and has done graduate work in Jewish history at Concordia University as part of the MA in Judaic Studies program. She covers US, Canadian & Israeli politics, with a particular focus on the Obama presidency, Congress, domestic policy, and elections.