By The Hill staff - 01/29/16 07:25 PM EST
The State Department late Friday evening released a new batch of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonSanders looks to Golden State for comeback hopes Secret Service protects Sanders as audience members rush stage Ex-pharma CEO Martin Shkreli: I didn’t endorse Trump MORE.
The agency posted the cache online just three days before Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses.
That means the final batch of emails won’t be released until after voters go to the polls in the first several primary states, where Clinton is facing off against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
State insisted late Thursday that it “regrets” not publishing the entire cache as ordered by a federal court last year. It defended the holdup as the result of an internal oversight exacerbated by last weekend’s massive blizzard.
The Obama administration revealed Friday it is withholding 22 emails from the trove because they are classified “top-secret.”
Scrutiny over Clinton’s use of a private email server has cast doubt on her trustworthiness for the presidency. Critics say her technology habits prevent accountability and transparency of her actions at State.
Clinton’s campaign has repeatedly called for the public release of all her agency emails in an attempt to quell the email drama.
She leads Sanders by about 3 points in Iowa, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average.- Updated at 7:43 p.m.