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FOIA News: More Clinton emails to be released before election

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State Dept. to process 3,000 pages of Clinton emails before election

The deal adds to the 'drip, drip, drip,' but many messages may come out just days in advance of Election Day.

By Josh Gerstein, Politico, Sept. 28, 2016

The State Department has agreed to process for public release in advance of the election almost 3,000 pages of Hillary Clinton's emails recovered by the FBI during their recently-closed investigation into Clinton's private server arrangement.

A federal judge previously ordered State to review 1,050 pages of the Clinton messages before the election. The deal that State and Vice News reporter Jason Leopold submitted to two other federal judges Wednesday will add 1,850 pages to those already scheduled for processing.

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The release of the records seems certain to provide more unwelcome "drip, drip, drip" for the Clinton campaign, but many of the messages could emerge so close to the election that they'll be caught up in the last-minute frenzy of coverage and back-to-back political events.

The new agreement calls for the releasable portion of the additional 1,850 pages to be made public on State's website on Nov. 3. The existing schedule, in a case brought by conservative group Judicial Watch, calls for processing sets of 350 pages for posting on each of three days: Oct. 7, Oct. 21 and Nov. 4.

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