The FBI has collected an additional 14,900 emails that Hillary Clinton did not voluntarily turn over to the State Department. The FBI reportedly found the previously unreleased emails while searching through her server and computer archives. The discovery was made in late July but was not announced until Monday, August 21, 2016. Investigators are currently creating a timeline to release the emails. Early reports state that the first emails will be released in early October, before the 2016 election.
The State Department has reported that the 14,900 emails contain both personal and professional content. The State Department has stated must review every email before making any determinations. State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters that additional time to review is needed:
“State has not yet had the opportunity to complete a review of the documents to determine whether they are agency records or if they are duplicative of documents State has already produced through the Freedom of Information Act,”
Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, is pushing for the release of the documents and putting pressure on the State Department. The group is seeking the release of the documents in Federal Court. The group argues that the existence of the emails disproves Clinton’s claims that all work-related emails were turned over to the State Department earlier this year, further calling her integrity and honesty into question.
Clinton claims that a team of lawyers reviewed all of her emails and turned all work-related documents over to the FBI for investigation. Investigators would find that the lawyers simply searched only the subject lines of most emails to determine whether or not they contained classified or work related information. FBI Director James B. Comey would inevitably decide to not press charges against Clinton on the grounds that she was “extremely careless” but had not violated law based on the evidence provided.
Judicial Watch hopes that the introduction of new evidence that was originally withheld by the Clinton administration will prove Clinton’s guilt in a separate public lawsuit the group is pursing against Clinton.