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In response to a request by the Republican National Committee, the State Department said it would take nearly a century to deliver emails from some of Hillary Clinton’s top aides.
In a court filing last week, the State Department said the RNC’s Freedom of Information Act request for emails from former Clinton aides Cheryl Mills, Jacob Sullivan and Patrick Kennedy would take 75 years to fulfill.
“Given the Department’s current FOIA workload and the complexity of these documents, it can process about 500 pages a month, meaning it would take approximately 16-and-2/3 years to complete the review of the Mills documents, 33-and-1/3 years to finish the review of the Sullivan documents, and 25 years to wrap up the review of the Kennedy documents — or 75 years in total,” the State Department lawyers said in the filing, according to CNN.
Before the staggering estimate could fully sink in, the State Department defended its argument on Tuesday, claiming it was “not an outlandish estimation.”
“That is an incredible number,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner admitted, according to The Washington Examiner. “It’s a very broad range involving a number of people over a period of four years, and it’s not an outlandish estimation, believe it or not.”
A period of time that would span generations and over 18 presidential terms, 75 years to deliver 450,000 pages of documents does seem a bit outlandish after all.
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