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FOIA News: State Department Asks to Delay Clinton Aides’ Records Release Until 2016

FOIA News (2015-16)Kevin SchmidtComment

State Department Asks to Delay Clinton Aides’ Records Release Until 2016

By Byron Tau, Wall Street Journal, Sept. 9, 2015

Department’s attorneys say resources for fulfilling public-information requests are ‘strained to the limit’

The State Department is proposing to delay the release of records from top aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton into 2016, a scenario that would push the stream of disclosures and the legal drama surrounding them well into the presidential election season.

The department’s attorneys described the resources devoted to fulfilling public requests for the records as “strained to the limit” and asked a federal court late Tuesday for permission to delay the release of records from Mrs. Clinton’s aides until January at the earliest.

The State Department had initially been ordered by a federal judge to start producing documents from Mrs. Clinton’s aides by last week—a deadline the department missed.

If approved by a judge, such a timetable would ensure that records from Mrs. Clinton’s aides will continue to be released well into next year, when voters will head to the polls in the Republican and Democratic primaries and the November 2016 general election.