A government watchdog has obtained documents that suggest the State Department knew about Hillary Clinton’s email problem for years but covered it up.

Judicial Watch, which uses the Freedom of Information Act to obtain public documents, obtained 113 pages of State Department emails then released the contents to the public.

According to the newly obtained emails, in August 2013, State Department officials were aware of 17 FOI requests relating to Clinton correspondence, including four that “specifically mention emails or email accounts,” one email read in part.

Despite the large number of FOIA requests, and growing concern among top agency officials, the State Department did not formally request that the former secretary of state produce the emails on the clintonemail.com server until October 2014,

Chris Farrell, director of research and investigation at Judicial Watch, says the emails show that questions were bring raised about Clinton’s controversial emails by State Department staff.

“And that the (state) department was keenly aware that Freedom of Information Act requests were coming in concerning Mrs. Clinton’s records,” he tells OneNewsNow.

Judicial Watch is known for its dogged pursuit of public records that reveal behind-the-scenes politics in Washington, D.C.

The watchdog released documents in August also related to Clinton’s emails and private email server.

A recent story at OneNewsNow recounted how a U.S. senator colluded with the Department of Justice to target tea party groups for criminal investigations. That activity came to light thanks to a Judicial Watch lawsuit.

The records speak for themselves, Farrell says, and the American public will draw their own conclusions.

“We just make the records public so that the citizens know what’s going on,” he says.

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Copyright OneNewsNow.com. Reprinted with permission.

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