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FOIA News: Judge explodes over Hillary email delays

FOIA News (2015-16)Kevin SchmidtComment

Judge explodes over Hillary email delays

By Rachel Bade, Politico, 7/29/15

A district court judge says he can't understand why the State Department dragged its feet responding to Freedom of Information Act requests.

An irritated federal judge Thursday put the Hillary Clinton email scandal into stark terms, grilling the State Department on a pattern of delayed document releases that has turned a possible bureaucratic logjam into a major problem for the leading Democratic presidential contender.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon, known for his blunt manner, said he simply did not understand why the State Department has dragged its feet on responses for emails in requests to the Freedom of Information Act.

“Now, any person should be able to review that in one day — one day,” the judge said, examining a request for just over 60 emails. “Even the least ambitious bureaucrat could do this.

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