State Department Releases Latest Batch of Clinton Emails
The U.S. Department of State on Jan. 8 released the latest batch of emails from Hillary Clinton's private email account, which the former secretary was forced to make public under a court order.
The 3,000 pages of messages include 65 emails subsequently deemed "confidential" or containing information that would "damage" national security if publicly disclosed without proper authorization, The Associated Press reported. One document in the heavily redacted batch, meanwhile, was marked "secret," meaning that it contained information believed to cause "serious damage."
Despite the release, the department missed the court-ordered date for their production of the messages by a week. By the end of 2015, Clinton's former office had been required to release 82 percent of the 55,000 pages of documents she turned over last year, The New York Times reported.
The Democratic presidential front-runner's use of her private email account to conduct government business during her tenure as the nation's top diplomat has drawn persistent criticism. Critics claim that Clinton endangered national security in the process.
GOP Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas told The Associated Press on Jan. 7 that evidence increasingly suggests that "an enormous amount of information" on the then-secretary's private server was classified.
"It was classified when it was on her server and it was classified when it was sent," Pompeo told conservative radio host Lars Larson, adding that he was anxious for the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI to quickly determine whether they will bring charges against Clinton.
The Republican National Committee, meanwhile, echoed the concerns. The RNC accused Clinton of trying to conceal information in the midst of her presidential campaign and charged that her "recklessness" means she "cannot be trusted in the White House."
"The more we learn about Hillary Clinton's secret server the worse it gets," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. "Now with dozens of additional emails found to be classified, we know Hillary Clinton exposed classified material in more than 1,300 messages, including information that was classified at the time it was sent as well at some of the highest levels."
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