WASHINGTON — The State Department has agreed to provide the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch with all official emails sent or received by Hillary Clinton that were recovered from her private email server by the FBI investigation.
The agreement was announced in a court filing and State Department Director of Press Relations Elizabeth Trudeau confirmed the decision in a statement to CNN. The State Department’s attorneys will provide a proposed production schedule next week.
The State Department has not said whether it will release these emails to the public, as it did with the nearly 55,000 pages of work-related emails Clinton provided last year.
FBI Director James Comey said last month that the agency found “thousands” of emails from Clinton’s server that were work-related and deleted and had not been turned over to the State Department. State will conduct its own review to determine whether any of the emails are personal, and any that are will not be released. Personal emails are not deemed “agency records” and therefore are not subject to release under the Freedom of Information Act.
Judicial Watch has about a dozen ongoing FOIA lawsuits against the State Department on the email issue. They are also seeking the emails of a top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, who had an account on the clintonemail.com server.