Just days ago, attorneys with the State Department conveyed that they would not be releasing all of Hillary calendars – minute-by-minute daily schedules from her time as Secretary – before the election November 8, because the documents were too numerous. Now, it appears that the State Department has reversed their decision.
[Related: Surprise, Surprise: State Dept. Won’t Release Clinton’s Calendars Until AFTER the Election]
Following objection from the Associated Press, the State Department has agreed to release the rest by mid-October:
The State Department agreed Thursday to turn over all the detailed planning schedules from Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state to The Associated Press by mid-October. It was an abrupt reversal from U.S. government lawyers’ warning last week that hundreds of pages would not be released until after the presidential election.
The decision is significant because it will make available before the election all of Clinton’s minute-by-minute schedules. Those planning documents offer a detailed look at Clinton’s daily routine during her four-year tenure as secretary of state between 2009 and 2013.
The State Department’s decision Thursday to turn over all of the more-detailed daily schedules by Oct. 17 means it will have to triple its pace of producing 600 pages a month. That production schedule was ordered last January by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon.
The State Department was ordered back in January of this year to release at least 600 pages of their department’s official calendars – covering Clinton’s tenure as Secretary from 2009 to 2013 – every 30 days.
Attorneys with the Associated Press had requested that the documents be completely released before the election. So, they had suggested to the judge a schedule that would allow the State Department to release a certain number of pages on a regular basis that would result in the completion of the project by October 15.
Attorneys at the State Department claimed that they didn’t know how many pages they had, and so they couldn’t determine how many they needed to release in order to be done by the deadline. The judge then ordered them to release at least 600 pages every 30 days. That would give State employees time to gather the documents and scrub them page-by-page of any private phone numbers and email addresses. In some cases, names, phone number, and email addressed were censored for national security purposes.
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