According to a report from The Hill, Federal Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ordered Wednesday that the U.S. Agency for International Development turn over all records pertaining to the Hillary Clinton email investigation to the RNC, who has an open records lawsuit over the matter on July 11.
The USAID says it will also need to communicate with the State Department about the potential release of hundreds of other heretofore unreleased documents.
The RNC filed a suit against USAID in March, asking for documents containing communications between USAID officials and key former aides at the State Department, in addition to communications between USAID and private domain names associated with the Clinton Foundation. The lawsuit was filed with the intention of showing the Clintons had improper influence over USAID, one of many lawsuits the RNC has filed looking into allegations against Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and their foundation.
The USAID told a U.S. district court that claimed they may have nearly 3,300 pages of records to turn over to the Republican Party, but almost 80 percent of them need to be approved by the State Department first.
Judge Jackson’s ruling made it clear that the organization must release what it can before the RNC’s July 11 court date and then decide a timeline for releasing the remaining documents.
The ruling means at least some of the documents will be released two weeks before the Democratic National Convention takes place on July 25, where Clinton is presumed to get the nod as the Democrat Party’s nominee for president. It would also be one full week before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18, where Donald Trump will likely be nominated to represent the Republican Party.
Clinton detractors, pointing to the State Department’s reputation of slow response times to FOIA requests, are skeptical of any potentially damaging documents being released in a timely manner.
Another lawsuit has been filed by the RNC against the State Department, demanding email messages between several of former Secretary Clinton’s top aides, but on Wednesday, the Obama administration filed a motion in an attempt to kill it.
h/t: The Hill