A federal judge ordered the State Department to release thousands of emails sent between Hillary Clinton aides, officials at the Clinton Foundation, and the Clinton-affiliated consulting firm Teneo Holdings. As part of a lawsuit brought against the Obama administration by Citizens United, the State Department was expected to deliver those emails by July 21.
On Thursday, however, administration lawyers asked for a small delay…of 27 months.
David Bossie, president of Citizens United, said the delay was “totally unacceptable,” accusing the State Department of circling the wagons around their chosen presidential candidate.
“The American people have a right to see these emails before the election,” Bossie said in an interview with The Daily Caller.
If the court allows the administration the delay it’s seeking, the public will not see these emails until October of 2018, long after the presidential election has been written into the history books.
The Obama administration, of course, denies any political shenanigans. They are blaming the delay on a calculation error. According to officials, the State Department agreed to the original date based on a cursory search of subject lines. Once they went back and used keyword searches that included the entirety of the messages, they realized there were many more emails than they thought.
“State deeply regrets these errors, and is working diligently to correct them as quickly as possible,” said Obama’s lawyers.
Mm-hmm, sure, sure. Take all the time you need, guys. We’re sure everything is copacetic.
While the FBI is investigating Hillary Clinton with an eye towards federal prosecution, several organizations – including Citizens United, Judicial Watch, and the Republican National Committee – have filed Freedom of Information Act suits against the administration. These cases have resulted in the public release of thousands of emails, many of which have cast serious doubts on Hillary’s claim that she never sent or received classified information on her private, ill-secured server.
Earlier this year, State Department officials claimed that it could take up to 75 years to satisfy all of these requests.
The most “transparent administration in American history,” ladies and gentlemen.