A review by the State department into the emails sent by Hilary Clinton from a personal email account while she was secretary of state, is set to be completed by mid-January.
A private server containing some 55,000 pages of emails sent by Hilary Clinton while she was in office through a personal email account is now being looked at by the State Department but the review of these emails is set to take months and move into next year.
Concerns have been raised when it emerged that while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State she used a personal email account to conduct government business. By using this personal account it is claimed that she may have put secret information at risk of being hacked while others have questioned why she used the private account and have challenged her levels of transparency.
The scandal about the email account has come at a time when Hillary Clinton remains the only Democrat candidate to announce her intentions to run for the White House and any potentially difficult information that comes from the email review could jeopardise her campaign.
According to a report by Reuters, the January 15, 2016 deadline came to light in a document filed in a Washington D.C. federal court in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Vice News against the department seeking Clinton’s emails.
“The Department understands the considerable public’s [sic] interest in these records and is endeavoring to complete the review and production of them as expeditiously as possible,” the department’s acting director of Information Programs and Services John Hackett said in the filing.
“The collection is, however, voluminous and, due to the breadth of topics, the nature of the communications, and the interests of several agencies, presents several challenges,” he added.
Hillary Clinton maintains that the reason she had the private account is that she felt that it was easier to work from a single email account rather than from multiples and it enabled her to carry only one device to pick up emails. She has also added while it may have been advisable to use two different accounts, there had been no rules broken in her using only one at the time.
According to Reuters, Hillary Clinton is expected to testify soon before a U.S. House of Representatives panel investigating the deadly 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, and to answer questions about her email practices.