On Friday, ahead of a snow storm that is indeed dumping a couple feet of climate change on the mid-Atlantic region, the State Department told a federal judge that due to not being able to work insane hours over the weekend, the cabinet department will not be able to deliver the remainder of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s work emails by the January 29 deadline. Fair enough. During a snow storm it is never a good idea to keep people at work. It’s always better to ride it out at home. And the Hillary emails have proven to be a security nightmare. That they were in her home is bad enough. To take them to the workers’ homes is a non-starter.
To ask for a delay in this circumstance is perfectly understandable. But a month? State asked the judge to have until FEBRUARY 29 to make all the emails appear.
However, last week the State Department realized that more than 7,200 pages of Clinton’s emails had not yet been sent to other agencies, which are required to review them for potential redactions before they can be made public.
“State overlooked some necessary consultations at a time when the Clinton email team’s efforts were focused on processing records that had already gone through interagency consultation in order to meet the monthly interim goals,” the department said in Friday’s court filing. “Thus, this oversight was not detected until the push to meet the final deadline.”…
“[T]his storm will disrupt the Clinton email team’s current plans to work a significant number of hours throughout the upcoming weekend and could affect the number of documents that can be produced on January 29, 2016,” the Obama administration said.
The precautions taken in not releasing what the public should not know is a good thing, but as The Hill points out, this does put the final deadline AFTER the first four state primaries and caucuses.
The 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,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.
“The American people should be outraged at the Obama administration’s gamesmanship to protect someone who recklessly exposed classified information on more than 1,300 occasions, including highly sensitive top secret intelligence,” he added.
We’re outraged alright. We’re also highly entertained by all this shenanigans that’s an obvious ploy to avoid the inevitable. Or at least we hope the inevitable (some of us would settle for house arrest in that mausoleum in Chappaqua). At this point, all that’s happened is the professional politicians claiming that each side is playing a nasty game.
So, the Hillary Clinton email scandal lives for another day. Stay tuned for more developments.