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State: Nearly 15,000 New Clinton Emails Found in FBI Probe

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Monday, 22 Aug 2016 11:24 AM

The FBI has uncovered nearly 15,000 previously undisclosed emailed documents sent directly to or from Hillary Clinton, the State Department said Monday.

The shocking admission to almost 50 percent more than the 30,000 work-related documents Clinton's lawyers turned over to the State Department in 2014 was tweeted out by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton before a court hearing where State Department officials announced the discovery. 

The State Department says it doesn't yet know what portion of the new batch of emails is related to Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. The Democratic presidential nominee had claimed she deleted only personal emails before returning over 55,000 pages of her work-related messages to the State Department last year.

The Hill reports State Department lawyers told District Judge James Boasberg on Monday the new documents were found during the FBI's now-closed probe into Clinton's use of a personal email server during her stint at State.

The department promised the judge it will release the approximate 14,900 new documents, and it's "prioritizing" appraisal of them, the Hill reports.

But what remains unclear is whether the data will be released before the presidential election — an uncertainty that's been slammed by Judicial Watch as an attempt by the State Department to slow-walk the process in deference to the Democratic presidential nominee.

Fitton suggested as much in his Monday tweet, wondering "when will State release them?"

According to the Hill, the department is figuring out whether any of the new communications — which the FBI turned over to State following the close of its own investigation — are of a personal nature or duplicates of previously-released Clinton emails. That process will be completed within a month.

It's also reviewing whether the pages are subject to federal records laws — and that assessment has a more direct impact on their public availability.

The next court hearing on the case comes Sept. 22.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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