State Dept. discovers undisclosed Benghazi emails
After digitizing all 55,000 pages of Hillary Clinton’s private emails, the State Department discovered new Benghazi-related records that it had previously missed when sifting through the boxes of emails by hand.
Agency officials now plan to hand over 925 new records to the House Select Committee on Benghazi, according to a report by the Daily Beast.
The State Department had previously given the committee 296 emails related to Benghazi, which officials identified earlier this year as they sorted hard copies of the roughly 30,000 emails Clinton turned over last year.
Chairman Trey Gowdy has repeatedly blasted the agency for its refusal to provide requested documents, blaming delays in the investigation on the State Department’s slow pace of production.
The courts are also beginning to criticize State for its seeming reluctance to cooperate with Freedom of Information Act requests.
A federal judge expressed concern Tuesday that the agency had exaggerated the amount of time it would take to perform a simple computer search for responsive documents, demanding officials move up a proposed timeline for doing so.
Jamal Ware, spokesman for the Benghazi Committee, said lawmakers had not yet received the new Clinton emails.
“The State Department, which has failed to comply with multiple Benghazi Committee requests and failed to act in good faith, is now indicating it intends to foster a more cooperative relationship with the committee,” Ware said Friday. “It’s curious the department is suddenly able to be more productive after recent staff changes involving those responsible for document production.”
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