State Dept. will review and release unseen Clinton emails

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Wednesday that it plans to review and make public several thousand emails that FBI investigators recovered from the computer server used by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said during a briefing that the agency would work with "due diligence" to release Clinton emails that the FBI plans to deliver to the department.

Toner could not say how many new emails would be delivered to the agency or when the department would make them available on its website. It took the State Department nearly two months to publicly release the first batch of Clinton's emails after Clinton urged the agency in March 2015 to make available 33,000 work-related emails she had turned over in 2014.

"We'll be transparent as we possibly can," Toner said.

A senior Justice Department legal official told the State Department on Tuesday that the FBI would provide the unreleased Clinton emails in its possession following a request last week from State Department Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy. FBI Director James Comey said last week that the FBI forensic team had recovered several thousand Clinton emails, including complete and partial versions of messages, from her server.

Also Wednesday, the conservative legal group Judicial Watch said a federal judge would hold a hearing Thursday on the production of all Clinton emails, including the new batch FBI Director James Comey cited last week.

U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg scheduled the hearing in response to Judicial Watch's public records request for all Clinton emails, including those beyond the 33,000 work-related emails turned over in 2014.

Judicial Watch has asked the State Department to disclose information about any emails not fully released to the public. The conservative group wants the agency to provide that information in a "Vaughn index," a list that compels agencies to explain their decisions not to release certain information under of the federal Freedom of Information Act