The State Department released 7,000 Clinton e-mails today and plans to release a total of 55,000 but “Mr. Transparency” didn’t! The most important communications from Benghazi are being kept from the American people until Obama’s out of office in 2017.
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The White House has decided it will not release any emails between President Obama and Hillary Clinton until after he leaves office, a senior administration official confirmed to Fox News – a development that came as the State Department released another massive tranche of Clinton documents.
The department released 7,000 pages of Clinton emails on Friday in the agency’s largest release since it began posting the records in May.
But as with prior releases, any communication between Obama and his then-secretary of state was absent.
The administration official told Fox News there was a “small number” of emails between the two, described as “mostly non-substantive” because the two leaders conducted most their discussions in person or by phone.
But, as first reported by Reuters, the White House does not plan to release them until after Obama leaves office in 2017. The White House position is that the president’s communications are not subject to public record requests under the Freedom of Information Act and can be withheld while he’s in office. The George W. Bush White House likewise held that his correspondence would not be released until he left office – though the Clinton campaign has pledged to make her records public.
“There is a long history of presidential records being kept confidential while the president is in office,” the senior administration official said in a statement. “With regard to the president’s email, as we have previously acknowledged, the president did on occasion trade emails with Secretary Clinton, and we presume those communications will ultimately be made public, along with the rest of the president’s records, after he leaves office.”
The State Department, meanwhile, plans to release a total of 55,000 emails handed over by Clinton, who was using a private email address and server during her tenure as secretary of state.
A State Department spokesman said the latest batch contains 200-300 emails with information that has since been deemed classified.