- The State Department is expected to release fewer than 1,000 pages of Hillary Clinton's emails recovered from her private server before Election Day, per a federal judge's order Friday
DC District Court Judge James Boasberg said the department must process 1,050 pages of emails between now and November 4, releasing any non-exempt documents aside from those that are determined to be duplicates of those already released.
It is unclear exactly how many pages the State Department will have to release as part of that order, but it is expected to be significantly fewer than 1,000 pages. That's because a "substantial number" of the recovered documents are duplicates or near-duplicates, a Justice Department attorney representing the State Department said in court.
The State Department has appraised approximately 15,000 documents recovered by the FBI, believed to have been sent by or to former Secretary Clinton while she was in office. Of those, over 9,400 have been deemed personal and therefore not subject to release, the attorney said, while approximately 5,600 are believed to be work-related.
Production will begin October 7, with subsequent releases October 21 and November 4 -- four days before the election.
The State Department will then process 500 pages of the remaining documents per month until all have been released.
The order by Judge Boasberg comes as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by the conservative legal watchdog group Judicial Watch. An attorney for Judicial Watch pressed the judge to order the release of all the relevant records prior to the election.
Saying he was sympathetic to the efforts of the State Department's heavily-taxed FOIA division, Boasberg offered his 1,500-page order.
"I think it's important the public have as much clarity as possible," Boasberg said, but later quipped, "sometimes I wonder if there's anything other that FOIA processing going on at State."
The Judicial Watch case is one over over two dozen FOIA lawsuits related to Clinton's emails.
In a statement to CNN, State Department Spokesman John Kirby reiterated the State Department's commitment to release the official emails, and said, "All releasable records and portions of these records will be posted on State's FOIA website."