The US State Department said it will be finished reviewing and releasing FBI-retrieved emails from Clinton’s time as secretary of state by 2022.
US District Judge James Boasberg slammed the proposed time frame on Monday, saying he is “not satisfied with saying, ‘Fine, go ahead and take five years to do this,’” Politico reported.
The proposal came under fire from Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that filed several Freedom of Information Act lawsuits against the department to force release the Clinton-related documents.
“The Obama State Department is doing a political favor for Hillary Clinton for suggesting to a federal court today that Judicial Watch wait as long as five years to see up to 31,000 new Clinton documents found by the FBI,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement on Monday.
“We learned in this lawsuit that the State Department is slow-walking the release of Hillary Clinton’s deleted and hidden emails. Ironically, this Clinton/Obama State Department stonewalling has guaranteed that the Clinton email scandal won’t be resolved for years,” he added.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner has meanwhile said State expects that most of the 31,200 work-related emails it found “consist of materials from custodians other than former Secretary Clinton.”
“It would be premature and speculative for the Department, or anyone else, to extrapolate conclusions about the contents of these messages until they are reviewed individually,” Toner added, Politico reported.
This comes after the FBI said on Sunday it found no evidence of wrongdoing in its latest investigation into Clinton and her use of private email during her 2009-2013 time as secretary of state. Two days before the election James Comey, the head of the FBI, wrote a letter to Congress saying the agency had found nothing to change its conclusion expressed in July, and will not be recommending criminal charges against Clinton.