MSNBC: Hillary Clinton's Use Of Personal Email At State Dept "Staggering" And "Shocking"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nvi5YKWg08
But the revelations have played into long-held Republican criticism that she and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, are unnecessarily secretive.
And the suspicions could well stalk her as the clock ticks down to the 2016 elections.
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In March, the State Department set up a special internal team to review every single email and black out any classified material.
But Contreras shot down a request from the diplomatic behemoth to be given until January 2016 to complete its internal review of some 30,000 emails, amounting to about 55,000 pages.
"The department understands the considerable public's interest in these records and is endeavoring to complete the review and production of them as expeditiously as possible," John Hackett, the State Department's acting director of the Office of Information Programs, wrote in his court filing.
"The collection is, however, voluminous," he wrote, saying it presented "several challenges" some of which needed Washington to possibly consult with foreign governments.
Rathke confirmed the State Department had "originally proposed" releasing all the emails on mass in January once the review was finished.
Clinton stressed the emails sent on the private address firstname.lastname@example.org during her tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 belonged to the State Department.
"They have their process that they do for everybody, not just for me. But anything they might do to expedite that process, I heartily support," she said, during a campaign stop in Iowa.
"I want the American people to learn as much as we can about the work that I did with our diplomats and our development experts because I think it will show how hard we worked and what we did for our country during the time that I was secretary of state."
Clinton is the clear frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic Party nomination, with only independent Senator Bernie Sanders having also officially announced his candidacy for the White House job.
Judge considers 'rolling' release of Hillary Clinton emails
Judge Calls For "Rolling" Release Of Hillary Clinton's Emails
U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras ordered the "rolling production" of the documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by VICE News.
The Benghazi emails have been provided to the House committee investigating the attack but have not been made available to the public.
In a court filing Monday night, the State Department had proposed releasing all of Clinton's emails to the public in mid-January of next year.
The filing noted the process of reviewing 55,000 pages of communications is labor intensive and time consuming, with analysts reviewing about 1,000 emails a week.
The State Department has previously pledged to release the emails related to Benghazi "soon" but has not provided a specific date.
Clinton said she used the private email account for convenience but acknowledged that it would have been better to use a second email account and a second phone.
by RTT Staff Writer
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