The State Department agrees to begin publicly releasing nearly all of Abedin’s emails to or from a private email account that she used while she was Clinton’s deputy chief of staff. The department has determined it has 29,000 pages of emails from Abedin, using an account from the same clintonemail.com server that Clinton used. (The number of emails in those pages is unclear.)
The department will process these in batches of 400 pages a month, with the processing starting on March 1, 2016. Most of the emails in each batch will released except for a few exceptions, such as forwards of news articles. The last batch is due to be released in April 2017.
This release is because of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) brought by Judicial Watch. Tom Fitton, the head of Judicial Watch, says, “Obviously, [Abedin] was as close an aide as you could have had to Mrs. Clinton. If Mrs. Clinton didn’t keep records she should have or destroyed or deleted them, maybe we can find them through Ms. Abedin. And Ms. Abedin’s activities are also controversial.” (Politico, 1/11/2016) (The Hill, 1/12/2016)