— -- The State Department says it will now be able to release by mid-October the remaining 2,700 pages of Hillary Clinton's daily schedules during her time as secretary of State.
Last week the State Department said it would take until late December to process the rest of the Associated Press' Freedom of Information Act request for her daily schedules.
But in a court filing Thursday, the State Department explained it would be able to shift resources to expedite The AP's request ahead of a court ordered schedule to release 600 pages of the schedules a month that prompted the earlier December timeline.
The Associated Press' review of the first two years of Clinton's daily schedules led it to determine that more than half the people outside the government with whom she met or telephoned had donated to the Clinton Foundation, either personally or through institutions.
The Clinton campaign criticized The AP's analysis as flawed because it should have taken into account all of her meetings or calls during her entire term as secretary of state and should have included meetings with members of the U.S. government or foreign governments.
In a statement issued Thursday, State Department spokesman John Kirby said the remaining 2,700 pages of Clinton's schedules would be released by October 17.
“This matter is regarding a FOIA case brought by the Associated Press involving six FOIA requests, two of which concern former Secretary Clinton’s schedules," Kirby said. "The Department has been making productions in response to these requests monthly since late 2015. As noted in the filing made with the court today, as of August 25, the Department had approximately 2,700 pages of these schedules remaining to be processed."
He added, "The court’s earlier ruling, in which the Department was required to process 600 pages per month, would have resulted in the Department making the final production of these schedules in December. The Associated Press, however, requested a prioritizing of these records over other records in their other FOIA requests at issue in this case. As stated in today’s court filing, the Department had no objection to shifting its resources as long as its overall processing burden was not increased. Consequently, the Department plans to complete its production of former Secretary Clinton’s schedules not later than October 17.”
The AP says it was forced to sue the State Department in March 2015 to release Clinton's calendars from 2010 to 2013 because of the State Department's delay in processing its Freedom of Information Act request for these and other records.
In January, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ordered the State Department to produce 600 pages of the schedules a month.