Judge orders monthly release of Clinton emails

Justice Department orders to release Clinton emails with monthly schedule starting from June 30

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A US judge in Washington DC ordered the State Department to release former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails with one month intervals starting from June 30.

District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras rejected a plan proposed by the State Department to release the emails every 60 days and ordered a detailed schedule with lower bounds for number of emails to be released at the end of each period that foresees at least 50 percent of the emails made public by the end of October and all of them released by Jan. 29, 2016.

On May 22, the department released the first batch of 296 emails from a pool of 30,000 that Hillary Clinton submitted to the State Department earlier this year.

Hillary Clinton came under heavy criticism when it was revealed that she almost exclusively used her private account and servers during her years in the office, as federal laws require public servants to use official accounts.

Clinton turned over the work related emails to the State Department and it is releasing the emails according to freedom of information laws after a review for sensitive information.

The first batch of emails that were released last week did not contain any groundbreaking information although many of them were redacted citing national security interests.

Republican lawmakers are particularly interested in her exchanges as they encompass the time period when 2012 Benghazi attacks happened.

Four Americans, including the US Libya Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed when gunmen attacked US embassy in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.

TRTWorld and agencies