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State Dept. Seeks Extension To Release Hillary Clinton’s Emails

The State Department has asked a court for an extension to release the remaining lot of Hillary Clinton's emails during her tenure as secretary of State because they say they won't make the deadline of January 29th.

The State Department asked the court for a one-month extension to February 29th.

State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner said State will release as many emails as possible on January 29th and will release the rest at the end of February if the court grants its request.

"The remaining emails are also the most complex to process as they contain a large amount of material that required interagency review," Toner said.

Toner denied that the delay has anything to do with the "ongoing discussion about classification."

The court request comes as an inspector general of intelligence agencies said in a letter to lawmakers that some of Clinton's emails contained information in the top designation of classified.

Clinton has previously said that she did not send classified information over her private email server.

If the court grants the extension, it would put the release of the rest of the emails after the first four influential primary contests in the Democratic presidential nomination where Clinton is in a tight race with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The State Department has released all but several thousand of the 55,000 emails pertinent to the former Secretary of State's work, an issue that continues to plague her presidential run.

The head of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus described the State Department's efforts to delay the emails as politically motivated.

"It's clear that the State Department's delay is all about ensuring any further damaging developments in Hillary Clinton's email scandal are revealed only after the votes are counted in the early nominating states," Priebus said.