Clinton emails: RNC rejects State Department extension

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RNC chairman

Republican National Congress, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has accused the state department of trying to cover up for former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton over the publication of her emails. The RNC says the state department is trying to help Hillary Clinton in her campaigns by delaying the process till after voting in early states. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Friday that the department wouldn’t be able to meet its court-mandated goal of Jan. 29 and asked the court for one month extension. The state department is asking for the final deadline to be pushed back until Feb. 29. Some emails will be released on the original deadline of Jan. 29, the department said. But others might not be out until Feb. 29 — after Democratic voters head to the polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. A federal judge will need to rule on whether the deadline can be pushed back.

RNC: Obama administration shielding Hillary Clinton

The RNC Chairman further said that the Obama administration was trying to help Clinton skate through early primary contests. “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 in a statement according to the Hill.

State department denies allegations

Priebus said the administration needs to be held accountable. “Hillary Clinton has already violated the public trust by putting our national security at risk in order to skirt transparency laws,” Priebus added. “Let’s hope her friends at the State Department aren’t allowed to continue doing the same.” In a statement, department spokesman Mark Toner dismissed concerns that the new delay was about a disagreement over classification levels of Clinton’s documents. “State Department staff have been working extremely hard to process these emails and we are committed to getting them out,” Toner said.