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Report: State Dept. to process 3,000 more pages of Clinton emails by Election Day

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to the media before boarding her campaign plane at the Westchester County airport in White Plains, New York, U.S. September 19, 2016. 

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The State Department will process for release an additional 3,000 pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails before Election Day, according to a report Wednesday night.

Initially, a federal judge had ordered State to process 1,050 pages before Election Day—and according to Politico, which first reported the news, the federal department will now process an additional 1,850 pages by the same deadline. The deal is a result of a case brought by Vice News reporter Jason Leopold, who had filed a Freedom of Information Act request for Clinton’s emails.

The emails will come from a trove recovered by the FBI during their investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server during her four years at the State Department. Clinton came under fire for her email arrangement, which she’s since admitted was a mistake; the FBI did not recommend criminal charges against Clinton after its investigation into the matter.

For Clinton, the release of more emails could provide unwelcome headlines and potential surprises just days before the election. The previous schedule for releasing new emails called for 350 pages to be released on Oct. 7, Oct. 21 and Nov. 4; under the new agreement, the emails that can be publicly released from the additional 1,850 pages will be released on Nov. 3.

Still, processing those almost 3,000 pages of emails doesn’t necessarily mean all those pages will be made public—some could be duplicates, released heavily redacted, or determined to be personal and withheld.

The last release of new Clinton emails came in August.

  • Emily Schultheis

    Emily Schultheis is a reporter/editor for CBS News Digital.