State Department blames Clinton email review for backlog
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The State Department says that its review of emails from Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden | Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers The Hill's Campaign Report: Arizona shifts towards Biden | Biden prepares for drive-in town hall | New Biden ad targets Latino voters FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden MORE’s personal email address has created a backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests.

The agency asks for another six months to produce documents in an unrelated FOIA case requesting conversations from former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger because of the backlog from Clinton review. The government argues that FOIA requests to the State Department have more than doubled over the past fiscal year and that it’s unable to allocate resources to complete all of them in a timely fashion.


“These exceptional circumstances are compounded by the fact that a significant portion of Defendant’s FOIA-processing resources are currently devoted to reviewing for public release the collection of approximately 55,000 pages of emails that were recently provided to State by former Secretary Hillary Clinton,” the government writes.

The Washington Post first reported on the State Department’s admission of a backlog in this case. 

Clinton used a private email server while at the State Department for all official emails and turned over about 30,000 emails that her team deemed relevant to her position. But she also deleted a similar number of emails she considered personal from her server, prompting concerns from Republicans that she could have deleted some official emails as well. 

The National Security Archive, the group that’s suing for the remaining documents under its FOIA claim, argues State has had ample time, because it made a request more than seven years before Clinton took office.