The State Department claims it could take up to 75 years to release emails from top Hillary Clinton State Department aides, which are being sought through the Freedom of Information Act.
“It’s a very broad range involving a number of people over a period of four years, and it’s not an outlandish estimation, believe it or not,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Tuesday.
“The Republican National Committee has sued to obtain email records belonging Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan, top aides to Mrs. Clinton at the State Department. The committee also asked for email records from State Department Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy and information technology staffer Bryan Pagliano,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
According to the State Department, the documents requested comprise over 1 million pages and searching for and releasing them “would impose an unreasonable burden on the agency.”
In response, the RNC agreed to limit its request to 450,000 pages, dropping the request for Pagliano’s emails and narrowing others, to which the State Department claimed it would still take 75 years to process, under current FOIA capabilities.
The department stated that it would require 17 years to review and release Mills’ emails alone. The FBI interviewed Mills last month in its ongoing investigation into Clinton’s use of a private, unsecured email server.
According to the Washington Post, Mills abruptly left the room with her attorney, after deciding the questioning was going into areas she deemed off-limits. “The questions that were considered off-limits had to do with the procedure used to produce emails to the State Department so they could possibly be released publicly, the people said,” the Post reported.
“Mills, an attorney herself, was not supposed to be asked questions about that — and ultimately never was in the recent interview — because it was considered confidential as an example of attorney-client privilege,” sources told the Post.
As reported by Western Journalism, the State Department’s inspector general has determined that Hillary Clinton did not comply with the agency’s record policies, singling out her use of a private, unsecured email server for particular scrutiny. The IG further revealed that Clinton and her aides, including Mills, Sullivan and Huma Abedin, refused to participate in the review.