State Department officials agreed to a deal Wednesday evening that will nearly triple the number of pages of Hillary Clinton's private emails the agency must review before Election Day.
In a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Jason Leopold of Vice News, State Department attorneys pledged to screen 1,850 pages of Clinton emails and publish to its website those deemed eligible for release by Nov. 3.
Previously, the agency had agreed to process only 1,050 pages before the election, and had planned to do so in three batches of 350 pages. The last batch would have been due on Nov. 4.
Leopold allowed the State Department to set aside his other FOIA requests, including some for the records of Clinton's top aides, in order to hasten the review of Clinton emails in the seven weeks left before the race ends.
The FBI recovered nearly 15,000 emails from Clinton's server in its year-long investigation of her private email network. Roughly 5,600 of those records were related to Clinton's government work and therefore subject to FOIA. Of those emails, the State Department has said up to half are duplicates of the 30,000 emails already provided to the public through Leopold's litigation.
The State Department has dragged its feet on a number of open records requests related to Clinton's tenure. At least a half-dozen separate lawsuits for Clinton documents are unlikely to conclude until after voters head to the polls on Election Day.
Agency officials have pointed to the deluge of politically-motivated FOIA requests for its slow pace of screening and releasing documents.