Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The State Department released a third batch of highly sought after emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s controversial private email account Friday.
Posted on the State Department’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) website, the collection includes just over 1,300 emails all dated in 2009.
In late May, the State Department released nearly 300 of her emails in response to a House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi terror attack, and in late June it published 2,000 additional emails, the start of a slow process to make all 55,000 pages of her emails public.
Last week, an internal investigator for the U.S. Intelligence Community asked the FBI to investigate Clinton’s private account and said it found at least four clear examples of messages that contained classified information, claiming there could potentially be hundreds more.
Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, has said she never handled classified material on her private account and that she wants the State Department to make all the emails she turned over public as quickly as possible.
A federal judge presiding over a FOIA case brought by media outlets seeking Hillary Clinton’s 55,000 pages of emails ordered the State Department in May to release her emails in monthly tranches and to post all of the documents eligible for release on the department’s website by Jan. 29, 2016.
The State Department has since established a full-time staff, with one project manager, two case analysts, nine FOIA reviewers and a slew of additional information analysts who have been working since April to complete the task.
The 55,000 pages encompass more than 30,000 emails from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email account, spanning from 2009 to 2013.
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