Another 3,000 Hillary Clinton emails were released by the U.S. State Department at 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday night in a bid to meet the court-ordered deadline.
According to department spokesperson John Kirby the newest batch covers March through December 2009. Kirby said the late release was inconvenient but could not be avoided if they were going to meet the deadline. Prior to the release State officials were working around the clock to get the second tranche ready.
“There’s been nothing but nearly nonstop work on this since the last tranche was released,” Kirby said.
Clinton has received a large amount of criticism for the use of a personal email address when she was Secretary of State. However, the controversy has yet to remove her status as the Democratic front-runner for the 2016 presidential nomination.
This batch is part of a rolling timetable set forth by a federal judge to get the 55,000 e-mails released. Clinton was Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, so there will be a number of follow-up releases to get all the emails out to the public.
The State Department has been busy combing over the emails and redacting any sensitive information based on the Freedom in Information Act standards. The type of information the State Department redacted is related to national security, personal privacy, privilege, and trade secrets.
The Republican party has been pushing hard for the release so they can go over the emails in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election.[Reuters]