State Department will fall short of court order on Clinton emails

State Department will fall short of court order on Clinton emails
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A new batch of emails from Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDem targeted by party establishment loses Texas primary Penn to Hewitt: Mueller probe born out of ‘hysteria’ Trump claims a 'spy' on his campaign tried to help 'Crooked Hillary' win MORE's private server is slated to hit the Internet Thursday afternoon — a New Year's Eve release that will fall short of a court order. 

The State Department is readying to publish the emails, in compliance with a court order under a Freedom of Information Act request requiring monthly releases with deadlines of the last day of the month. 

However, while the court order compelled the department to release nearly 8,400 pages, it will release only 5,500 pages of Clinton's emails. 

State Department officials said Thursday that they will produce more emails next week.

"We have worked diligently to come as close to the goal as possible, but with the large number of documents involved and the holiday schedule we have not met the goal this month. To narrow that gap, the State Department will make another production of former Secretary Clinton’s email sometime next week," the department said in a statement.

But in an effort to process and post as many documents as possible, most of the documents released will not have "fully completed data fields on the FOIA website."

This means emails can't be sorted by "Subject," "To," or "From," making searching more difficult. Searches can still be done by keywords, the State Department said. 

The department added that it will complete the missing data fields in January 2016.

It's not the first time the State Department has missed a benchmark to release Clinton's emails. It also fell short of its goals in July. 

This story was updated at 12:42 p.m.