The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has turned over “thousands of documents” to the State Department recovered during its investigation of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s email server, a report says.
A court filing in a civil case related to the former secretary of state’s server from conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch revealed this information on Friday, according to CNN. The FBI plans to turn over more emails on August 5.
The State Department is expected to sort out the documents and determine which should be considered “agency records.”
The agency earlier this month announced it would start handing over “several thousand” emails from Clinton’s private server to the department.
“Just as we appropriately processed the material turned over to the Department by former Secretary Clinton, we will appropriately and with due diligence process any additional material we receive from the FBI to identify work-related agency records and make them available to the public consistent with our legal obligations,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.
Clinton has come under fire for using a private email account and server at her home in New York for official emails when she was America’s top diplomat between 2009 and 2013.
Critics, including Republican presidential election rival Donald Trump, say she endangered government secrets and evaded transparency laws.
The State Department’s inspector general said in late May that Clinton’s personal server violated the department’s record-keeping rules and that it would have been rejected had she asked department officials.
Clinton sent about 30,000 emails to the State Department from her tenure as secretary which were then published in batches in line with a court order.
Judicial Watch had brought the lawsuit against the State Department to gain access to records related to a Clinton aide’s employment.
“This is a very great victory for transparency and, despite the best efforts of the Obama administration and the Clinton camp, it looks like we might finally get some answers under oath about the Clintons’ illicit email system,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch.