• State Department Says It Will Take 75 Years to Release All Requested Clinton Emails

    June 10, 2016

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    Posted in: Democracy, Embassy/State

    Mac Beaulieu

    The State Department this week, apparently with a straight face, defended its claim that releasing all the emails sought by the Republican National Committee (RNC) would take 75 years.

    “It’s not an outlandish estimation, believe it or not,” spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. “It’s an enormous amount of FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] requests,” he added. “Very broad and very complex.”

    The RNC has sued the State Department seeking all emails to or from Clinton’s former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, senior adviser Jacob Sullivan and undersecretary for management Patrick Kennedy from 2009 to 2013. The State Department has claimed that the result would yield roughly 1.5 million pages of documents that it and other federal agencies would need to go through page by page.

    The Department claimed in a court filing last week trying to kill the RNC lawsuit that the emails are “complex” and include “classified documents and interagency communications that could have to be referred to other agencies for their review.”

    Because the State Department expected that it could process roughly 500 pages per month, processing all 450,000 pages would take 900 months, or 75 years.


    — If Clinton had not used her private server while in office, any FOIA requests for her documents would have been processed all along from 2009 forward, instead of being clumped into a huge pile just months before the election. If blocking FOIA was indeed her goal (it was), she did an excellent job.

    — Also, that bit about “classified documents and interagency communications that could have to be referred to other agencies for their review” is kinda noteworthy given that any emails to and from Clinton traveled via unclassified means. But whatever.

    — Lastly, it is sort of quaint that State’s estimated processing time seems based on the assumption that however many people are now working on the FOIA review will not increase despite increased demand and despite the delays being caused by Clinton’s own decision to not use official email.

    I gotta say, State is really betting the farm, the cow and the corn on this one, hoping Clinton is elected and that most of this will just fade away, or really be sucked down a 75 year long tunnel as the Republicans hold hearings until the end of time. Because a Republican administration would basically at this point gut the State Department and turn the main building into a Trump mini-mall.

    But wait, seriously, 75 years? How the hell can a spokesperson say those things without a room full of reporters throwing their pens at him?

    BONUS: But it’s just a fishing expedition, says every Hillary supporter. To which one must consider saying, f*ck you. The Freedom of Information Act requires the government to turn over records for whatever purpose. There is no part of the Act that allows anyone to judge the reason for the request, so just go away and shut up, because you’ll vote for her even if she skins a puppy alive on the Jimmy Fallon show. The rest of us still are in possession of our critical thinking skills for the time being.

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  • Recent Comments

    • john Poole said...


      The only glass ceiling that matters – a third party winning the general – has been put on permanent hold. Sanders should
      run as an independent. He could win! After the DC primary we’ll finally see the real Sanders. It might not be pretty.

      06/10/16 9:38 AM | Comment Link

    • john Poole said...


      Obama will hand Hillary some new wars. It was a deal made years ago. He knew she’d relish being left a some festering “kinetic action” aftermaths she could build on. Wars being passed on to the next POTUS are gifts not irresponsible inconsiderations. She’ll enjoy doing a man’s work- waging war.

      06/10/16 9:46 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      The only information American citizens need to know is the State Department has a bunch of overpaid idiots working there:


      06/10/16 9:55 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      “— Also, that bit about “classified documents and interagency communications that could have to be referred to other agencies for their review” is kinda noteworthy given that any emails to and from Clinton traveled via unclassified means. But whatever.”

      Get ready for more poorly formulated propaganda if this one is elected.

      It’s up there with Sanders’ voters’ votes don’t matter in the primary, HRC has already won — but then democratic officials have gone on record saying Sanders’ voters better ‘get in line’ and vote for Hilary in the fall. Wait — either the vote matters in both election processes or it doesn’t – so which is it?

      Get ready for more abuse of the classification process if HRC is voted in – probably the same with Trump too – seems like leaders are learning to wrongly manipulate this each election

      06/10/16 11:05 AM | Comment Link

    • Helen Marshall said...


      Some of those working there were overpaid and some were idiots…then there was the rest of us…just the working stiffs. I’d had to work three years or more for what Herself received in one chunk from her Golden Bull speeches.

      Meantime, could it be that had the emails been retained and processed in electronic form rather than unsearchable paper copies this might be easier?

      06/10/16 12:17 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...



      You gotta read this article in full. It relates to the emails, as that’s how people were able to find out how this Wall Street zit (and major Clinton donor – can you say “pay to play”? Grift? Bribery?) made it to being placed, by Clinton, to a position on a governmental intelligence advisory board. He did not have any qualifications whatsoever for the position and certainly had nothing to offer that would warrant his having access to the secret information discussed by this board. It’s the story of a guy who is currently a super-delegate: a Wall Street asshole who made his fortune running high speed trading, which means windfall profiting into the fund manager’s account from a zillion instant interim trades made between the “market price” and the “delivered price” when some third party sap places a buy order. Should be in jail, but:


      How Clinton Donor Got on Sensitive Intelligence Board

      Newly released State Department emails help reveal how a major Clinton Foundation donor was placed on a sensitive government intelligence advisory board even though he had no obvious experience in the field, a decision that appeared to baffle the department’s professional staff.

      The emails further reveal how, after inquiries from ABC News, the Clinton staff sought to “protect the name” of the Secretary, “stall” the ABC News reporter and ultimately accept the resignation of the donor just two days later.

      Copies of dozens of internal emails were provided to ABC News by the conservative political group Citizens United, which obtained them under the Freedom of Information Act after more the two years of litigation with the government.

      A prolific fundraiser for Democratic candidates and contributor to the Clinton Foundation, who later traveled with Bill Clinton on a trip to Africa, Rajiv K. Fernando’s only known qualification for a seat on the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB) was his technological know-how. The Chicago securities trader, who specialized in electronic investing, sat alongside an august collection of nuclear scientists, former cabinet secretaries and members of Congress to advise Hillary Clinton on the use of tactical nuclear weapons and on other crucial arms control issues. […]

      Full article at:


      06/10/16 5:07 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      I can relate to the overburdened FOIA crew. I’m stilling trying to get caught up with Helen’s comments on Matt’s articles in “Rolling Stone.”

      Re Rajiv, the Clintons have overbooked the Lincoln bedroom…again, and they had to pay the guy off with something. Rajiv is also on a no-kill pet shelter board, so he’s got that going for him.

      06/10/16 7:53 PM | Comment Link

    • StarkNakedTruth said...


      Mr Van Buren and friends…

      Only 75 Years?

      Gosh…Didn’t Hillary and her cabal already tell all of America to f*ck off?

      The State Department is simply parroting the talking points.

      Game over.

      06/10/16 8:59 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      StarkNaked- With no viable third party this petrified two party Republic is a source of bafflement by other forms of governing where multiple parties find ways to share power and actually get things done. So Sanders needs to release his supporters to the Green Party.

      06/10/16 11:22 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      Memo to Trump Transition Team:

      1. Fire Everyone Associated with the Hillary Whores

      QUESTION: As a general matter, is there any State Department rule against lying to someone conducting an internal review. Is there?

      MR TONER: Lying against anyone conducting an internal review?

      QUESTION: Lying to anyone – if somebody is conducting an internal review, is there a rule against lying to them?

      MR TONER: I would presume so, yes. I don’t have – I apologize.

      QUESTION: Can – no, it’s okay.

      MR TONER: I will check on that.

      QUESTION: Okay. Thank you. I mean, it’s in the same category of if you don’t have a rule —

      MR TONER: No, I understood.

      QUESTION: — then – yeah, okay. So I would like to know if there is. If there isn’t, maybe you would want to institute such a rule, but – yeah.

      MR TONER: No, I – and just to take that one step further, I mean, this is an organization in which the majority of people have security clearances, and all of those require significant background checks, but also require people to be interviewed on occasional basis and tell – be truthful about – in those interviews, so I would presume it to be the case.

      06/11/16 9:33 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      2016 Belmont Stakes Harbinger of 2016 President Race?

      It’s New York vs New York this year as Hillarious “Destiny” Clinton battles Donald “the Exaggerator” Trump. Was the big New York Belmont horse race a harbinger of things to come?

      Creator closed with a rush and caught Destin at the wire to win the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, with Preakness winner Exaggerator finishing well back in the field.

      Don’t give up hope, America. Let US hope for some divine intervention to save US from these two losers.

      06/11/16 8:11 PM | Comment Link

    • StarkNakedTruth said...


      Rich Bauer wrote…

      “Don’t give up hope, America.”

      Mr. Bauer…hate to break it to ya, but the fat lady is singing. Or should I say; cackling in her $12,000 Armani jacket.

      06/11/16 8:54 PM | Comment Link

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