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FBI officials will hand over the first of "tens of thousands" of deleted emails from Hillary Clinton's private server on Friday to the State Department, government lawyers told a court Monday.
Judge Emmet Sullivan of U.S. District Court questioned State Department attorneys on why the agency would not receive the documents until several weeks after the Clinton email investigation had been closed.
"I don't understand the need for all this time," Sullivan said during a hearing Monday on whether Clinton should submit for a deposition in a Freedom of Information Act case.
Agency attorneys said the delay was due to the format of the emails, some of which have been deleted from the multiple servers Clinton used during her tenure.
These deleted emails were apparently recovered from multiple computer systems.