President Donald Trump has reportedly told the State Department to get in gear with its release of any remaining emails from Hillary Clinton’s era as secretary of state.
Trump voiced concerns with the vast number of pending Freedom of Information cases and ordered Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to move faster in getting public information in the hands of the public, according to CNN.
Tillerson has said his department will commit more staff to processing the backlog of FOIA requests.
“This President wants all federal agencies to meet their obligations under the law and be transparent with the public.” said White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah.
CNN reported that Trump is not targeting just Clinton, but he also wants all pending FOIA cases resolved.
The watchdog group Judicial Watch has spent the past two and a half years seeking records from the State Department that date from the Clinton era. Judicial Watch has sought records related to Clinton’s use of a private email account.
Michael Bekasha of Judicial Watch told The Daily Caller the remaining Clinton emails “might relate to the Clinton Foundation,” and that Trump should want them to be released.
Trump’s effort to move faster with releasing documents comes as Judicial Watch voiced its frustration that the federal bureaucracy is dragging its feet.
“President Trump’s efforts to drain the Washington swamp are being seriously hindered by Deep State, particularly in the State and Justice Departments,” Judicial Watch said in a statement on Friday.
Judicial Watch revealed that “the State Department just revealed in a federal court hearing that it has yet to process 40,000 of 72,000 pages of Hillary Clinton records that the FBI recovered last year.”
The records are those “Clinton failed to disclose when she served as Secretary of State, some of which were emails sent by Clinton aide Huma Abedin that were found on the laptop of her estranged husband Anthony Weiner,” Judicial Watch reported.
The watchdog group noted that at the current pace, records it asked for in 2015, which were ruled public, will not be fully released until 2020.
The State Department has been required to process 500 pages of Clinton records per month.
“Secretary Tillerson should be asked why his State Department is still sitting on this mother lode of Clinton emails. It is disheartening that an administration elected to ‘drain the swamp’ is stalling the release of documents in order to protect Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration,” Judicial Watch said in its statement.
“This is all a slow-motion cover-up, and it’s being conducted in a department allegedly reporting to President Trump. The President needs to clean house and get the American people these Clinton documents ASAP!” the statement said.
State Department spokesman R.C. Hammond said the State Department is not stonewalling.
“An ambitious goal has been set fulfill all of the requests within the calendar year,” he told The U.K. Daily Mail.
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