Republicans file suits for Clinton emails

  • 10/03/2016
Hillary Clinton (Reuters)
Hillary Clinton (Reuters)

The Republican National Committee has filed two lawsuits seeking to obtain emails related to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's tenure as US Secretary of State.

Ms Clinton, front-runner to be her party's candidate in November's general election, has faced questions about her emails since it emerged a year ago that she used a private email account and a private server during her time in the post from 2009-2013.

Ms Clinton has apologised for the email arrangement, which is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but says she did nothing wrong and believes the government will vindicate her.

The RNC said it filed the lawsuits after the State Department failed to respond in a timely manner to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted in December.

It sought the information to ensure the public has information to decide if Ms Clinton is "fit to serve" as president, the RNC said in a statement.

The first lawsuit seeks emails, BlackBerry Messenger or text messages between Clinton and several key senior aides, including her chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and director of policy planning, Jake Sullivan.

The second seeks emails and other electronic exchanges between nearly a dozen State Department officials and any Ms Clinton associate using one of more than a dozen different internet domain names.

It covers the period between February 1, 2013, when Ms Clinton left the job, and December 4, 2015.