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FOIA News: Court sets schedule in Citizens United's lawsuit for Clinton records

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Judge sets September deadline on Clinton office records

By Josh Gerstein, POLITICO, May 13, 2015

A federal judge is giving the State Department until September to comply with a conservative group's request for records relating to correspondence between top aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, as well as a consulting business involving former Clinton staffers.

At a hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan said he felt both sides in the case—the government and the Citizens United organization—were not being flexible enough in hammering out a path forward in the Freedom of Information Act dispute.

"You're being unreasonable," Sullivan told lawyers for both parties. He said he understood the State Department was being "flooded" with records requests in the wake of the revelation in March of Clinton's use of a personal email account as her sole account while serving as secretary, but that didn't mean it could keep forestalling Citizens United's requests, made last year.

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