WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is under fire in courtrooms over its delays in turning over government files related to Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.
In one case, the department warned it needed a 27-month delay, until October 2018, to turn over emails from Clinton’s former aides. The judge in another lawsuit, filed by The Associated Press, wondered aloud whether the State Department might be deliberately delaying until after the election.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon says he’s considering penalties for the agency if it fails to meet the next set of deadlines he orders.
Secretary of State John Kerry and other officials have said they are committed to public transparency and have promised the State Department will improve its practices under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.