State Dept Rigs Calendar for Hillary

Officials delay release of Clinton's official schedule as secretary of state until after the election

by Kathryn Blackhurst | Updated 28 Aug 2016 at 9:22 AM

The State Department will hold-up the public release of undisclosed details from Hillary Clinton’s daily schedule as secretary of state until after the presidential election. The decision will keep potentially damning new information about Clinton’s pay-for-play scandal at the State Department away from voters eyes until, as Clinton allies hope, she is safely in the White House.

Seven months after a federal judge ruled that the State Department must release Clinton’s detailed daily planners in monthly batches, an attorney for the State Department told the Associated Press on Thursday that the release of the approximate 2,700 pages of remaining emails will not be finished until well after the November election. Roughly half of Clinton’s schedules have been released at this point, and those – along with Clinton’s ongoing private email server scandal – have dogged the Democratic presidential nominee relentlessly during her campaign.

“Voters deserve to know the truth before they cast their ballots, but once again the rigged system is rushing to protect Hillary Clinton.”

Lawyers for the AP formally requested on Friday that the State Department publish the remaining documents by October 15 — well in advance of the presidential election. The State Department has yet to respond to the request for an expedited release.

This week a federal judge ordered the State Department to release roughly 14,900 pages of documents that the FBI turned over to the Department as part of it investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server by September 23.

But with questions mounting about Clinton’s State Department relationship with the Clinton Foundation, the new delay in complying with a court order looks like a mere cover-up for Clinton.

GOP nominee Donald Trump's campaign hammered the news.

"After it was revealed that more than half of Hillary Clinton’s non-governmental meetings as Secretary of State were with Clinton Foundation donors, it is unacceptable that the State Department is now refusing to release her official schedule before the election in full," Jason Miller, the senior communications advisor for the Trump campaign, said in a Friday statement. "Voters deserve to know the truth before they cast their ballots, but once again the rigged system is rushing to protect Hillary Clinton."

Miller also called on Clinton herself to honor the American voters and take the chance offered her to show transparency in dealing with her record as Secretary of State.

"Instead of counting on her friends in the Obama Administration to shield her from accountability, Hillary Clinton should immediately demand that these public records be released before voting begins," Miller said.

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