More Hillary Clinton emails expected today in first installment since 11-hour Benghazi grilling – but State Department aide says ‘We have better things to do!’ – Daily Mail

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  • Today marks the fifth of eight monthly email releases ordered by a federal judge; last one will come in January, three days before the Iowa Caucuses
  • As of Friday afternoon the State Department is expected to have published a little more than half of the total it received from Clinton a year ago 
  • A State Dept. aide says the monthly routine ‘is getting a little bit old. … It’s a fire drill that we’ll be glad to be done with’ 
  • ‘We have better things to do with our time and our personnel,’ the plugged-in staffer said

The U.S. State Department is expected to publish thousands of emails to and from former secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday in the latest of eight scheduled release dates ordered by a federal judge in May.

After today’s installment, three more will remain – culminating in a final release on January 29, just three days before Iowa’s all-important presidential caucuses.

But a department aide told DailyMail.com on background that the monthly routine ‘is getting a little bit old.’

‘It’s a fire drill that we’ll be glad to be done with,’ he said. ‘We have better things to do with our time and our personnel.’

The staffer has been involved with document production in the case since early summer

‘We’ve pulled people away from important things to jump through all these hoops,’ the staffer vented.

‘I know there’s an election going on, but there are also more deadly standoffs around the world than I can list, that the department has to deal with all the time.’

The latest Friday document-dump will be the first since a marathon Capitol Hill hearing that gave Clinton a chance to dispense with questions about how she handled the 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead.

Even if the new batch of emails doesn’t answer any questions about the State Department debacle, it will likely boost the noise level surrounding the question of why Clinton kept tens of thousands of emails on a secret server on her upstate New York home.

A State spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment about how many pages will be released Friday and how many were retroactively labeled ‘classified.’

Clinton’s presidential campaign also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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