The State Department says 30 emails related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, have been pulled from the thousands of emails Hillary Clinton deleted. These are the emails recovered by FBI during their recent investigation into her use of a private email server.
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State Department lawyers informed U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta Tuesday some of these 30 emails about Benghazi had not been included in the 55,000 pages of emails Clinton handed over herself.
The State Department has asked for time to redact sensitive information before they release the emails, but say they are expected to be public by the end of September.
This new revelation comes as lawsuits filed by Judicial Watch make their way through the courts. All together, the FBI has uncovered 14,900 emails that had not been previously disclosed.
The new Benghazi revelations make a mockery of Clinton’s claim that the deleted emails only pertained to family matters and her yoga exercises.
Clinton’s critics are frustrated by the slow release schedule, but heartened that the outside estimate for when these emails may be released is still well before the election. Still, they are asking why it would take one month to redact 30 emails.
This wasn’t the only bad news for the Clinton campaign today. News has surfaced that the FBI will be releasing documents related to their examination of Clinton’s handling of classified information.
An anonymous law enforcement official told the AP that the records would be released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
News of the new information was celebrated by the Trump campaign. “Today’s disclosure that 30 additional emails about Benghazi were discovered on Hillary Clinton’s private server raises additional questions about the more than 30,000 emails she deleted,” Donald Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller said.
“Hillary Clinton swore before a federal court and told the American people she handed over all of her work-related emails. If Clinton did not consider emails about something as important as Benghazi to be work-related, one has to wonder what is contained in the other emails she attempted to wipe from her server.”
“Americans preparing to make their choice for president deserve to have a full accounting of how Hillary Clinton used her time and with whom she met while serving as Secretary of State,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said.
“The State Department’s continued lack of transparency and apparent desire to stall until after Election Day is only a precursor to the stonewalling and above-the-law mentality that would characterize a Hillary Clinton presidency. It’s time for our country to break from a rigged system that has been protecting Hillary Clinton for years and restore accountability to every branch of government.”
The FBI has given Congress parts of its file from the agency’s investigation into Clinton, which lasted a full year. Their decision to close the investigation into Clinton’s actions is still a highly scrutinized decision.