State Department officials will begin releasing thousands of emails provided by Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, starting in March.
The agency agreed to produce all 29,000 pages of Abedin's private emails by April 2017 in court documents filed late Monday evening. Using a more drawn-out timeline than the one applied to the high-profile monthly releases of Clinton's emails, the State Department will review and release roughly 400 pages of Abedin's emails each month between March 2016 and April of next year.
However, the agency will not be publishing all of Abedin's emails online, as it has done with the portion of the 30,000 Clinton emails it has released so far.
Instead, the rolling productions of the Abedin emails will go directly to Judicial Watch, the conservative watchdog who sued the State Department over its Freedom of Information Act request for the Abedin records.
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said Tuesday the group expects to first review the documents they receive and highlight items "of interest" before posting them all online.
"We can review and release them relatively quickly," Fitton told the Washington Examiner. "Our goal is to make all the documents that we get through FOIA available through the Internet as quickly as we can."
Fitton noted the disclosure of the Abedin records was not "voluntary," but was forced by a federal judge through a prolonged lawsuit.
"There's added value in highlighting and recognizing the public interest of what this litigation is uncovering," he said.
Abedin, who served as Clinton's deputy chief of staff at the State Department and now works on Clinton's presidential campaign, is the only aide known to have used the same private server Clinton set up to shield her own communications from the government system.
Abedin handed over copies of her private emails in three batches last year after a federal judge asked her and two other top aides to do so.