FBI turns over nearly 15,000 more Clinton mails to State Department

The State Department must review nearly 15,000 previously undisclosed emails from a private email server used by Hillary Clinton while secretary of state and determine which ones can be released, the State Department said Monday.

The FBI found the 14,900 documents as part of its probe of Clinton's handling of classified information in which it cleared her of criminal wrong doing last month.

Investigators returned the emails to the State Department, which has been ordered to release them as part of a public records request, spokesman Mark Toner said. But the department must first evaluate which emails are work-related and whether any information should be withheld or redacted for security reasons.

It must also determine which of the new emails uncovered by FBI analysts are different from the thousands of emails previously released by the department.

State Department lawyers will meet with a judge next month to determine the schedule for releasing the mails, which will likely begin just weeks before November 8 presidential elections pitting Clinton against Republican Donald Trump.

Separately, conservative group Judicial Watch released hundreds of pages of emails from Clinton's aide Huma Abedin that it charges show Abedin provided access to Clinton and the State Department on behalf of Clinton Foundation donors.

Among other instances, the emails show the executive of the Clinton Foundation asking Abedin to arrange a meeting for the crown prince of Bahrain with secretary Clinton.The Abedin emails are likely to add to concerns raised by Trump about the conduct of the Clinton Foundation and the access of its donors to Clinton during her tenure at the State Department.

In a statement Monday, Trump called the foundation "the most corrupt enterprise in political history" and called for it to be shut down immediately.

Former president Bill Clinton, who started the foundation after leaving office, has said the organization would change the way it operates to avoid conflicts of interest if Hillary Clinton were elected president.

"If Hillary is elected president, the Foundation’s work, funding, global reach, and my role in it will present questions that must be resolved in a way that keeps the good work going while eliminating legitimate concerns about potential conflicts of interest," Bill Clinton said in a statement Monday.

If his wife were to be elected, Bill Clinton said the foundation would immediately stop accepting contributions from those outside the US, while he would step down from the board and would stop raising money for the group.

International aid work supported by foreign governments would be transitioned to other groups. The Clinton Global Initiative, which is part of the broader foundation, would also stop holding annual meetings after this year.

Last update: Tue, 23/08/2016 - 00:55
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