Pompeo says he will release Clinton emails following Trump criticism

Washington – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday announced he would release more of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails – an openly political move on behalf of President Donald Trump ahead of the November election and a year after a State Department investigation concluded there was no “persuasive evidence” of widespread mishandling of classified information by Clinton or her aides.

A day earlier, Trump expressed displeasure that his top US diplomat had not released the emails deleted from Clinton’s private server, which she said in 2015 “were personal and private”.

“She said she had 33,000 e-mails,” said Trump on Thursday.

“They’re in the State Department, but Mike Pompeo is unable to get them out, which is very sad actually. I’m — I’m not happy about him for that, that reason. He was unable to get — I don’t know why. You’re running the State Department and you get them out. But they’re in the State Department.”

In an interview with Fox News, Pompeo said, “We’ve got the emails, we’re getting them out.” It is still not clear if he was referencing the deleted emails.

Asked if they would be released before the election, Pompeo said, “I certainly think there’ll be more to see before the election.”

“We’re going to get all this information out so the American people can see it. You’ll remember there was classified information on a private server, should have never been there, Hillary Clinton should never have done that, that was unacceptable behavior,” said Pompeo.

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