The Republican National Committee on Friday rejected the request for a month extension sought by the State Department to publish the emails of former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. The RNC accused the State Department of delaying the final release of Hillary Clinton’s emails to boost her presidential campaign. The State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Friday that the department wouldn’t be able to meet its court-mandated goal of Jan. 29. Toner said about 9,400 of 55,000 pages of the emails are left, which “contain a large amount of material that required interagency review.”
RNC accuse Obama of trying to help Hillary
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said the Obama administration was trying to help Clinton skate through early primary contests. “It’s clear that the State Department’s delay is all about ensuring any further damaging developments in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal are revealed only after the votes are counted in the early nominating states,” Priebus said in a statement. “A ruling in favor of this blatant attempt to shield Hillary Clinton from accountability would further erode trust in our political system.”
Republicans capitalize on Clinton emails scandal
Clinton’s use of a private email server has proven a consistent headache for her campaign, with more than 1,300 messages found to contain some level of classified information. However, both the State Department and Clinton’s presidential campaign insist that nothing in her inbox was classified at the time it was sent. In a statement, department spokesman Mark Toner dismissed concerns that the new delay was about a disagreement over classification levels of Clinton’s documents. “State Department staff have been working extremely hard to process these emails and we are committed to getting them out,” Toner said.
Priebus: Clinton undermined national security
According to the Hill, Priebus said the administration needs to be held accountable. “Hillary Clinton has already violated the public trust by putting our national security at risk in order to skirt transparency laws,” Priebus added. “Let’s hope her friends at the State Department aren’t allowed to continue doing the same.”