State releases new batch of Clinton emails

State releases new batch of Clinton emails
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The State Department on Thursday released 362 of the 15,000 Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Former senators launching effort to help Dems win rural votes Biden's announcement was a general election message, says political analyst MORE emails uncovered by the FBI during its investigation into the former secretary of State’s personal email server.

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Many of the documents — comprising about 1,000 pages — are “near duplicates” of documents Clinton provided to the State Department in 2014 and have already been made public, according to the agency.

A “near duplicate,” according to the agency, would include emails identical to previously released chains that were forwarded from Clinton to aides with the note “Please print,” for example. 

The newly released documents are records of emails sent or received by Clinton directly in her official capacity as secretary of State.

Under orders from a federal judge, the State Department reviewed approximately 1,000 emails prior to Election Day, releasing in four batches those that were subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that is driving the release — about 600 emails.

Going forward, the agency will review 500 pages a month, producing as many relevant documents as exist in each batch.

Clinton deleted about 30,000 emails from the private server she used while secretary of State, saying they were not work-related, before turning over thousands more to the government. But during its examination, the FBI recovered some additional emails that could be relevant to the FOIA lawsuit.

A preliminary review of the 15,000 emails revealed that about 60 percent were of a purely personal nature. Around 37 percent — or 5,600 documents — were deemed work-related, but of those, a “substantial number” were exact duplicates of the 30,000 emails that Clinton turned over to the agency in December 2014, according to State Department lawyers.

Those emails are excluded from each production and will not be re-released.