Hillary Clinton Withheld 30 Benghazi-Related Emails From State Department

Cheryl Sanders
September 1, 2016

The FBI is expected to release documents soon related to its investigation into Hillary Clinton and her use of a private email server, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.

The hearing was held in one of several FOIA lawsuits brought by Judicial Watch now revolving around the newly uncovered 14,900 emails.

An undetermined number of those 30 emails were not included in the cache of 30,000 the former secretary of State voluntarily turned over to the State Department in 2014, government lawyers told U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta. "The State Department's lawyer said it would need until the end of September to review the emails and redact potentially classified information before they are released", The Associated Press reported.

Government lawyers revealed in a court filing last week that some of the emails recovered by FBI investigators from her email server contained "search terms" related to Benghazi.

The Democratic presidential nominee met with the FBI for a voluntary interview in early July, which was part of the federal investigation into her use of private email servers.

As AP points out, Clinton previously has claimed that she withheld and deleted only personal emails not related to her duties as Secretary of State. The agency asserted that those were all of the Clinton emails it had pertaining to Benghazi.

The State Department could not confirm that the messages were Benghazi-related. Those were handed over to the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey revealed that information during a July 5 press conference. "If Clinton did not consider emails about something as important as Benghazi to be work-related, one has to wonder what is contained in the other emails she attempted to wipe from her server", senior communications adviser Jason Miller said in a statement. It wasn't immediately clear when the documents would be released or exactly what they would include.

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