Ahead of Super Tuesday races across the nation, the State Department released the final batch of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails almost a year after the controversy over them began. The final batch found here contains approximately 3,800 pages from Clinton’s email account.
The final release comes as Clinton hopes to defeat Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and win the Democratic presidential nomination and to shake off the email controversy that has given ammunition to her rivals. Republican front-runner Donald Trump has attacked Clinton over the issue, questioning how she could serve as president if there are lawsuits against her.
“There is no answer to what she did. You know the amazing thing, other than greed, there was no — what’s she doing?” Trump said last month, Politico reported.
The email releases have provided an inside view of Clinton’s time in office, containing material ranging from mundane discussions to high-level debates on issues including American-backed intervention in Libya in 2011 to her lobbying for a free trade deal in Colombia. Other emails show the State Department discussing what information to share with the New York Times on a sensitive topic regarding a plane sent to pick up Americans in Malta, a review of emails conducted by International Business Times found.
Clinton used a private server for email while she served as the country’s top diplomat. Over 1,800 emails that Clinton either received or sent contained classified information, although they were only designated as classified after her tenure, McClatchy reported. The emails were released after a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit was filed, with the monthly releases containing thousands of pages each. Clinton has continued to argue against any wrongdoing or cover-up.
“I never sent or received any email marked ‘classified.’ I take classified information very seriously,” she said last month, the Wall Street Journal reported. “I want to get things out and I want to people to understand based on what happened and when it was happening in real time there were no classification markings, and that’s what you have to be guided by.”
While the last batch has been released, the controversy is still far from over with a federal court ruling that former Clinton aides will have answer questions about their knowledge of her private server, the Hill reported.