The scandal surrounding the private email server used by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state continues to deepen, and President Barack Obama’s administration has been routinely criticized for stalling the investigation.
But no one could have predicted this.
In their latest court filing in response to a lawsuit by the Republican National Committee, Obama’s State Department claimed that it won’t release Clinton’s aides emails for decades.
The department is too busy, they claim, and they’ll need time to comply — 75 years, to be exact.
According to CNN, “State Department lawyers argue in a filing made last Wednesday that gathering 450,000 pages of records requested for former Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and Jacob Sullivan and top State Department official Patrick Kennedy would take three quarters of a century.”
“Given the Department’s current FOIA workload and the complexity of these documents, it can process about 500 pages a month, meaning it would take approximately 16-and-2/3 years to complete the review of the Mills documents, 33-and-1/3 years to finish the review of the Sullivan documents, and 25 years to wrap up the review of the Kennedy documents — or 75 years in total,” the State Department said in it’s court filing.
The RNC sued the State Department in March for stalling in its public records request for all work-related emails sent to or received by Clinton’s former aides.
“The Obama administration has failed to comply with records requests in a timely manner as required by law,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in reference to the March lawsuit, and noted that the committee sued after it had failed to receive these documents from the Obama administration in both October and December of 2015.
The Obama administration’s poor handling of Clinton’s emails has frequently been routinely criticized, both internally and externally. In January, Gawker reported that “the State Department’s internal watchdog says the agency repeatedly provided inadequate and inaccurate responses to Freedom of Information Act requests involving top agency officials, including a misleading answer to a request three years ago seeking information on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email use.”
— The Horn editorial team