Judicial Watch has just announced that the State Department revealed in a federal court hearing that it has yet to process 40,000 of 72,000 pages of Hillary Clinton records that the FBI recovered last year.  That is a lot of possible information that the FBI has just been sitting on and not revealing to the public.

The revelation came about during a federal court hearing in Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking Hillary Clinton’s emails that were received during her tenure of Secretary of State from February 2009 to January 31, 2013.

The hearing focused on the State Department’s progress in processing the tens of thousands of emails Clinton failed to disclose when she served as Secretary of State. None of these emails were sent by Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin that were found on the laptop of her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner. 40,000 of the emails still need to be processed.

“Judicial Watch asked the court to require the State Department to identify any records from the seven FBI discs that it intends to withhold, and why, in a timely manner. The State Department proceeded to say that they would be adding extra resources to its FOIA operation but would not commit to a faster production.

“‘On October 19, Judge Boasberg ordered the State Department to “explain how its anticipated increase in resources will affect processing of records in this case and when the processing of each disk is likely to be completed.” Surprisingly, the Tillerson State Department and Sessions Justice Department previously argued to the court that there was diminished public interest in the Clinton emails.,’ reports Judicial Watch.”

In November 2016 Judicial Watch had had enough with the State Department, and they ordered the state department to produce no less than 500 pages of records a month to the watchdogs.  The state department has produced 23 batches so far, and at their current pace, the emails won’t be fully available until 2020.

Clinton attempted to delete 33,000 emails from her private server, but the FBI has been able to find a number of these missing emails, many of which were government documents.

“Secretary Tillerson should be asked why his State Department is still sitting on a motherlode of Clinton emails,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “It is disheartening that an administration elected to ‘drain the swamp’ is stalling the release of documents to protect Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration.”

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BY Isabelle Weeks

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I am a staff writer for DC Statesman and like to report on current events happening in the Trump administration as well as the political world.