Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The State Department missed a court-ordered deadline to release documents about whether Hillary Clinton and her top aides took important security training — because a government lawyer didn’t know how to use his smartphone, a new report said Tuesday.
The Foggy Bottom legal eagle tried to send 8.4 megabytes worth of documents at 7:58 p.m. Monday to the Daily Caller to meet a midnight deadline, according to court papers filed by the government on Tuesday, The Hill reported.
“The size of the file attached to the email, however, exceeded the maximum file size allowed for the mobile device used by counsel for State, and thus transmission of the email did not complete,” the department said.
“Counsel for State was unaware of this fact until this morning, September 27.”
When the department’s lawyers realized what happened, they sent a second email from another device that was able to handle the load — at 7:45 a.m., nearly eight hours after the midnight deadline.
Last week, Washington, DC, federal Judge Richard Leon said the department had until Monday to release a third of the 400 documents showing whether Clinton and her aides were told about the need to protect classified material.
The Daily Caller’s lawsuit is aimed at uncovering Clinton’s efforts to protect sensitive material through the use of her private email server.