State Dept. would like to delay releasing some of Hillary’s emails because it’s snowing or something

posted at 1:01 pm on January 23, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

I’ve seen snowstorms take the blame for all sorts of things over the years, but this one may be a first. The State Department is due to release the last batch of roughly 55,000 of Hillary Clinton’s emails at the end of the month (before the voting begins) but they’re asking a judge for an extra month to complete their work. One of the reasons for the requested extension is apparently the snowstorm. (The Hill)

The State Department on Friday sought to delay its final release of emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal server, blaming a massive snowstorm hitting Washington as well as an internal “oversight.”

In a court filing, the department asked a federal court to delay by a month the Jan. 29 deadline for it to release the last batch of roughly 55,000 pages of Clinton’s emails believed to be work-related.

So there are actually two parts to the excuse being offered. The blaring headline of the story is catchy since everyone is watching the snowpocalypse or whatever we’re calling it this time. Fair enough. Let’s say that you were planning on working seven days a week from now until the release date and that the city is pretty much shut down until Monday, which is currently the expectation. Then you could ask to move the release date back by three days to February 1st. But they want a full month and the actual reason seems to be found in the administrative oversight mentioned in the article. Here’s where the plot thickens.

[L]ast week the State Department realized that more than 7,200 pages of Clinton’s emails had not yet been sent to other agencies, which are required to review them for potential redactions before they can be made public…

The department spokesman added that remaining undisclosed emails are “the most complex to process” because they contain “a large amount of material” that needs to be approved by other agencies.

For some reason I’d been under the impression that the trove of documents had been processed on a first come first served basis thus far. Apparently that’s not the case if the remaining emails largely require a sign off from other agencies in the federal government. Does that mean that they are more highly classified or simply that they include business items from other departments who may want to redact something which State wouldn’t automatically black out? Since we’re never going to see the material which is blocked out (at least for the next fifty years most likely) we likely won’t know the answer to that one.

The politics of this are more interesting than they might first appear. My initial reaction was to be suspicious as usual and find it awfully convenient for Hillary Clinton that some potentially bombshell material won’t come to light until after Iowa and New Hampshire have voted, but it may prove to be just the opposite. There will still be large data dump right before the Iowa caucus, doubtless producing more hits on the front page just as voters get ready to lock in their decisions. But Hillary’s already been tanking in Iowa and New Hampsire, so this might be overkill anyway. Her campaign has been relying for some time now on the idea that she could weather the storm for a couple of weeks and then make a big comeback as the primary swings south into areas where Bernie Sanders hasn’t spent much time or money. Now the “highly complex” emails will drop right on the eve of Super Tuesday and that’s the news that will hang over her efforts in eleven states like a dark cloud.

Surely the folks at Hillary HQ are already aware of this so it’s doubtful that they were influencing this decision and things may be just as the State Department portrayed them. Given a choice, I think Hillary would have wanted to see them all dumped last summer so it could be “old news” by now. That’s clearly not going to be the case.

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Snow can do that. It’s slows down your email.

Also causes global warming to slow down

SpongePuppy on January 23, 2016 at 1:06 PM

They had to use the snow storm, a Muslim insulting video on YouTube has been done.

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2016 at 1:06 PM

Also causes global warming to slow down

SpongePuppy on January 23, 2016 at 1:06 PM

I’m pretty sure that not only is that not possible but there is a direct correlation between this storm and the raging fever of the planet

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2016 at 1:08 PM

It’s actually a valid issue. The buses were shut down yesterday, the trains only ran until noon.

DC shuts down with even a light dusting of snow. It’s SOP.

Magicjava on January 23, 2016 at 1:09 PM

She is so above all this… it’s actually helping her to seem invincible. The administration and media will never, ever let her get hurt.

MT on January 23, 2016 at 1:10 PM

Magicjava on January 23, 2016 at 1:09 PM

Yes, because they just found out that these documents have been requested and haven’t already been chastised by the judge for their dilatory pace that borders on contempt of court.

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2016 at 1:12 PM

I’m sure the FBI could use the delay, all things considered. Patience, my fellow HAians. Every day we’re getting a little closer to a vision we’ve all been anticipating for the last 25 years. I wonder if the Cherokee princess senator says a little prayer every night.

butch on January 23, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Did it begin to snow when the judge ordered the e-mails released?

Why did they move the release to after the most important states have been through the primaries?

Who are they to get away with it?

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Yes, because they just found out that these documents have been requested and haven’t already been chastised by the judge for their dilatory pace that borders on contempt of court.

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2016 at 1:12 PM

I see your point, but if people can’t get to work, what can you do?

Magicjava on January 23, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Given a choice, I think Hillary would have wanted to see them all dumped last summer so it could be “old news” by now. That’s clearly not going to be the case.

Hmmmm, maybe this is what The Won is going to do since he obviously not going to indict someone from his own cabinet.

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2016 at 1:16 PM

Can’t they just get them from the Russians or Chinese or Iranians?
Or from whatever teenage hackers who happened to be playing in Hillary’s server?

justltl on January 23, 2016 at 1:16 PM

For some reason I’d been under the impression that the trove of documents had been processed on a first come first served basis thus far.

This story line is far less complicated than you have portrayed it.

The State Department had previously testified they were doing EVERYTHING that could be done to streamline the process … in response the judge’s anger over them using the “oversight excuse” previously (around June if memory serves me).

NOW they want to cycle back around to the same excuse?

AS I’ve noted before, if the judge summons Mr. Kennedy (Clinton crony left behind to gum things up as much as possible) from the State Department and gives him a binary choice:

1) The 55,000 emails will be handed over on Feb. 1st

or

2) Mr. Kennedy will sit in jail for contempt of court – one day for every email not turned over on Feb 1st as the initial duration – untill such time as ALL of the 55,000 emails are turned over.

Does anyone believe Federal bureaucrats are going to process an average of 1, 896 emails per day?

Prison bars have a wonderful ability to focus the mind of government simpletons.

PolAgnostic on January 23, 2016 at 1:17 PM

Magicjava on January 23, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Don’t worry, they weren’t going to be on time anyway and unfortunately the judge still won’t do anything. They know and he knows it.

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2016 at 1:17 PM

Sounds about right, a couple days of snow requires an extra month for make up work. Almost a Fed requirement.

31giddyup on January 23, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Can’t they just get them from the Russians or Chinese or Iranians?

justltl on January 23, 2016 at 1:16 PM

They’ll hold onto the files for their dear lives. Whom do you think they prefer in the White House, Trump or Hillary?

Rix on January 23, 2016 at 1:19 PM

Who are they to get away with it?

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Must be a rhetorical question.
Out here in the Banana Republic, we are well aware by now, that Hillary and her minions are above the Law.

justltl on January 23, 2016 at 1:20 PM

Can’t they just get them from the Russians or Chinese or Iranians?

justltl on January 23, 2016 at 1:16 PM

They’ll hold onto the files for their dear lives. Whom do you think they prefer in the White House, Trump or Hillary?

Rix on January 23, 2016 at 1:19 PM

Yep. Those e-mails are pure gold, if they remain unreleased, and Hillary gets into the WH.

justltl on January 23, 2016 at 1:22 PM

Look, the important thing here is that State is doing everything they to not undermine the findings of the Judge, or to exert influence over the selection process for the Democratic nominee for…

Heh. Thought I was John Kirby, didn’t you?

BKeyser on January 23, 2016 at 1:23 PM

I see your point, but if people can’t get to work, what can you do?

Magicjava on January 23, 2016 at 1:15 PM

They have not been working weekends on this even though they should have been, so the storm should not affect anything.

As far as the remainder of the emails go, this is going to be the most damaging stuff for Hillary. I guess you could say they saved the best for last.

Johnnyreb on January 23, 2016 at 1:27 PM

I distinctively remember snow clogging my email inbox.

Had to put my frozen spam in the microwave.

SpongePuppy on January 23, 2016 at 1:27 PM

What difference at this point does it make?

If you weren’t convinced that she’s a criminal by the first 500 examples of corruption and incompetence, the next example won’t matter.

Zenji on January 23, 2016 at 1:27 PM

I see your point, but if people can’t get to work, what can you do?

Magicjava on January 23, 2016 at 1:15 PM

It takes them a month to get back to work? Must be some snowstorm!

whatcat on January 23, 2016 at 1:28 PM

if it was good weather they would say they need a delay cuz the sun got in their eyes.

Senator Philip Bluster on January 23, 2016 at 1:28 PM

I cant believe they’re still trying to help her. When are they going to give up on her? She’s a disaster for them.

Shay on January 23, 2016 at 1:31 PM

I cant believe they’re still trying to help her. When are they going to give up on her? She’s a disaster for them.

Shay on January 23, 2016 at 1:31 PM

Hillary has serious dirt on the Senior Staff at State, and I mean serious Benghazi cover up level stuff.

Johnnyreb on January 23, 2016 at 1:32 PM

Here is a sample of what they will get.

http://vielmetti.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c4f1a53ef014e8a1e3c87970d-pi

docflash on January 23, 2016 at 1:33 PM

HilRod is good at this game,….behold, we go back into political time:
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Elusive Papers of Law Firm Are Found at White House
By STEPHEN LABATON
Published: January 6, 1996
***************************

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5— After nearly two years of searches and subpoenas, the White House said this evening that it had unexpectedly discovered copies of missing documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s law firm

Senator Alfonse M. D’Amato, Republican of New York, tonight called the discovery of the copies of the records “the second miraculous discovery within the past 24 hours.”
(More……..)
==============

http://www.nytimes.com/1996/01/06/us/elusive-papers-of-law-firm-are-found-at-white-house.html?pagewanted=all

canopfor on January 23, 2016 at 1:38 PM

Does that mean that they are more highly classified

Ya think?

The snow is a valid issue, but they should have at least half of the stuff ready and be required to deliver what they have, with a week extension for the snow on the rest.

I cant believe they’re still trying to help her. When are they going to give up on her? She’s a disaster for them.

Shay on January 23, 2016 at 1:31 PM

Hillary has serious dirt on the Senior Staff at State, and I mean serious Benghazi cover up level stuff.

Johnnyreb on January 23, 2016 at 1:32 PM

I think there is also some State Department liability for the whole private server no official email problem. The worse the breach, the more liability State has in addition to Hillary.

talkingpoints on January 23, 2016 at 1:40 PM

For petes sake,……get a Ski-Doo snowmachine, or Arctic Cat/Polaris/ Yamaha,

hook up a trailer, load that sucker up,
throw a red light on it, and have special
permission, to highball down the road, and
delivery it!

Sheesh!!

canopfor on January 23, 2016 at 1:41 PM

Johnnyreb on January 23, 2016 at 1:32 PM

I don’t doubt it. But I would bet it implicates her too – all the way to prison. So I don’t think it would be worth her while to expose it. But then, they’re still propping her up so maybe I’m wrong.

Shay on January 23, 2016 at 1:42 PM

“After nearly two years of searches and subpoenas, the White House said this evening that it had unexpectedly discovered copies of missing documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s law firm”

canopfor on January 23, 2016 at 1:38 PM

“Unexpectedly”, heh.

whatcat on January 23, 2016 at 1:43 PM

It’s actually a valid issue. The buses were shut down yesterday, the trains only ran until noon.

DC shuts down with even a light dusting of snow. It’s SOP.

Magicjava on January 23, 2016 at 1:09 PM

These are the people that think they can run people’s lives better that the people themselves and they can’t even handle a spit of snow.

wifarmboy on January 23, 2016 at 1:44 PM

canopfor on January 23, 2016 at 1:41 PM

That’s probably illegal.

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2016 at 1:46 PM

everyone is watching the snowpocalypse or whatever we’re calling it this time.
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Take ye pick:
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https://twitter.com/StationCDRKelly

Scott Kelly [email protected] 4h4 hours ago Houston, TX

Rare #thundersnow visible from @Space_Station in #blizzard2016! #Snowzilla #snowmaggedon2016 #YearInSpace
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https://twitter.com/hashtag/thundersnow?src=hash

https://twitter.com/hashtag/blizzard2016?src=hash

https://twitter.com/hashtag/Snowzilla?src=hash

https://twitter.com/hashtag/snowmaggedon2016?src=hash

canopfor on January 23, 2016 at 1:50 PM

canopfor on January 23, 2016 at 1:41 PM

That’s probably illegal.

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2016 at 1:46 PM

Cindy Munford: No doubt—–:0

canopfor on January 23, 2016 at 1:57 PM

You or I would be in prison by now…

locomotivebreath1901 on January 23, 2016 at 1:57 PM

canopfor on January 23, 2016 at 1:38 PM

“Unexpectedly”, heh.

whatcat on January 23, 2016 at 1:43 PM

whatcat: Ya, it turned up, magically in a WH room, back when.:)

canopfor on January 23, 2016 at 1:58 PM

You or I would be in prison by now…

locomotivebreath1901 on January 23, 2016 at 1:57 PM

You mean underneath the prison, dontja ?? Maybe we can send the scuzz to Gitmo? Maybe a little “spa” treatment would help?? BTW, luv JT, saw them live maybe in 1971 or 1972, YES opened for them. Absolutely no drugs were involved, scouts honor. :D

rik on January 23, 2016 at 2:17 PM

It’s a snow job.

birdwatcher on January 23, 2016 at 2:18 PM

So what will be the excuse next month?

“Getting ready for hurricane season”?

GarandFan on January 23, 2016 at 2:24 PM

State would have been better off sticking to the oversight excuse. There is clearly no way that the documents would have been ready to release (as ordered) on time. Throwing in the snow storm excuse will just tick the judge off, especially when coupled with the weeks they are demanding to comply.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2016 at 2:29 PM

Slightly off topic -but a keeper.

The H-> is silent

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nbPg5FSfga4/VqESQ4K_cQI/AAAAAAAC73Y/kb8LYfr4pzc/s1600/beng.png

CWforFreedom on January 23, 2016 at 2:33 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5— After nearly two years of searches and subpoenas, the White House said this evening that it had unexpectedly discovered copies of missing documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s law firm

canopfor on January 23, 2016 at 1:38 PM

Days after the statute of limitations had been passed. Surprise! There they were just sitting there in the room where the swag received from foreign dignitaries! Two years of parking stuff in that room and nobody had noticed the boxes labeled Rose Law Firm Billing Records until it was too late to do anything about it.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2016 at 2:33 PM

It’s actually a valid issue. The buses were shut down yesterday, the trains only ran until noon.

DC shuts down with even a light dusting of snow. It’s SOP.

Magicjava on January 23, 2016 at 1:09 PM

Sitting here in Northern Virginia I can assure you that the current storm is not a light dusting. But holding off for an entire month for this one storm is absurd. The judge should start by asking them just how many documents they can release on time. If the answer comes back as zero then it will be clear that State is stalling so that Blue isn’t going into Iowa and New Hampshire with this scandal fresh on everybody’s mind.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2016 at 2:39 PM

I see your point, but if people can’t get to work, what can you do?

Magicjava on January 23, 2016 at 1:15 PM

I think the point is that the storm is occurring over a weekend and even if it takes a few days to dig out there’s no need for a month’s delay. The “administrative oversight” is the real issue and it’s being covered up by a phony blizzard excuse.

hopeful on January 23, 2016 at 2:50 PM

State dept failed to comply with the court mandated release schedule last time and promised to release more to make up for it.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/12/31/state-department-misses-court-ordered-goal-on-clinton-email-release/

Now they want to delay the release until after IA and NH?

Not only is she above the law, but she’s also immune to court ordered mandates now.

Is there no level this admin won’t go to, to protect this criminal?

Oxymoron on January 23, 2016 at 2:56 PM

Of course they were going to save the “best” for last. Looking forward to seeing the song and dance used in an attempt to hold some back indefinitely. Or has it already started?

Oxymoron on January 23, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Snowjob.

I have 27K emails in my personal email account. I could send each and every one of them electronically to an investigator in about a day if I had to. This should take less than three days to accomplish if they truly were cooperating and not printing them out on paper to delay things.

James on January 23, 2016 at 3:18 PM

I have not traditionally been the biggest fan of Jazz Shaw’s contributions, but that was a fine subhead, sir.

TimesUp on January 23, 2016 at 3:20 PM

The central government is illegitimate.

jawkneemusic on January 23, 2016 at 3:39 PM

Delay. Obfuscate. Repeat.

ghostwalker1 on January 23, 2016 at 3:39 PM

What? They can’t do a snow job in the midst of snow storm?

PackerBronco on January 23, 2016 at 4:04 PM

It’s actually a valid issue. The buses were shut down yesterday, the trains only ran until noon.

DC shuts down with even a light dusting of snow. It’s SOP.

Magicjava on January 23, 2016 at 1:09 PM

You’re a week from your deadline.
You’re expecting a week delay.

How far back do you push your deadline?

Unless your answer is “Four weeks” it isn’t a valid issue.

gekkobear on January 23, 2016 at 4:18 PM

I am telling you now, this batch has emails related to Benghazi. We will finally learn something about what happened.

Techster64 on January 23, 2016 at 4:29 PM

SnowGate!!

right2bright on January 23, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Until they are released, snow body knows for sure what is in them.

right2bright on January 23, 2016 at 4:30 PM

What a shocker! Another DC snow job.

MadVlad on January 23, 2016 at 6:31 PM

State Dept. would like to delay releasing some of Hillary’s emails because it’s snowing sh!tting or something

…fixed

JugEarsButtHurt on January 23, 2016 at 7:37 PM

It’s called “snow job” and it rhymes with what her husband got in the oval office.

MaiDee on January 23, 2016 at 10:45 PM