The FBI has uncovered 14,900 emails and documents from Hillary Clinton’s private email server investigation that were not originally disclosed by Clinton’s attorneys, the Washington Post reported Monday.
Justice Department lawyers said last week that the State Department would review and turn over Clinton’s work-related emails to a conservative legal group. The records are among "tens of thousands" of documents found by the FBI in its probe and turned over to State Department, Justice Department attorney Lisa Ann Olson said Monday in court.
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Government lawyers disclosed last week that the FBI has turned over eight computer discs of information: one including emails and attachments that were sent directly to or from Clinton, or to or from her at some point in an email chain, and not previously turned over by her lawyers; a second with classified documents; another with emails returned by Clinton; and five containing materials from other individuals retrieved by the FBI.
The 14,900 documents at issue now come from the first disc, [Judicial Watch president] Fitton said.
U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg of Washington has started to press the State Department to release these documents sooner than the planned date, which is mid-October.
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said that his organization was pleased with this ruling.
"We’re pleased the court accelerated the State Department’s timing," Fitton said. "We’re trying to work with the State Department here, but let’s be clear: They have slow-walked and stonewalled the release of these records. They’ve had many of them since July 25 … and not one record has yet been released, and we don’t understand why that’s the case."
State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that the department already agreed to make these records public.
Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, originally filed a lawsuit in May 2015, after it came to light that Clinton had used her private email server exclusively during her tenure as secretary of state.
Judicial Watch had sought all emails sent or received by Clinton at the State Department in a request made under the federal Freedom of Information Act, which covers the release of public records.
Monday’s hearing comes seven weeks after the Justice Department closed a criminal investigation without charges into the handling of classified material in Clinton’s email setup, which FBI Director James B. Comey called "extremely careless."