Judge Rules State Dept Must Release Clinton Emails
May 28, 2015
District of Columbia Judge Rudolph Contreras has ruled that the State Department must release former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails in 30 day intervals.
• District of Columbia Judge Rudolph Contreras has ruled that the State Department must release former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails in 30 day intervals. The State Department had asked for a 60-day span between releases. The Judge decided that all non-classified emails must be placed on a Freedom of Information Act website. He gave the State Department a January 29, 2016 deadline to make public the approximately 55,000 pages of correspondences, with the first batch of releases set to take place on June 30. Contreras also stipulated protocols for ensuring accordance with the deadlines. The ruling stems from Clinton’s use of a personal email address while undertaking her duties as Secretary of State. Republicans have been especially concerned with those correspondences that followed the 2012 Benghazi attacks. Meanwhile, Clinton herself has asked the State Department to expedite the review and release of her communications. [The Hill]
Economic Indicators & News
• US weekly jobless claims rise by 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 282,000. The total surpassed estimates of 271,000 after an unexpected rise last week. Although claims are at the highest level in five weeks, they continue to stay below the 300,000 threshold indicating a firm job market. [CNBC]
• UK economic growth topped out at 0.3% in the first quarter of 2015, down from the previous quarter’s rise of 0.6%. A growing trade deficit and slowdown in the service sector contributed to a lower GDP rate. This quarter saw the lowest quarterly growth in two years. [BBC]
• Economic growth in the Philippines slowed to 5.2% in the first quarter. The economy expanded at the slowest rate since the last quarter of 2011, missing estimates of 6.6% growth. Low demand from major trading partners and weak growth in agriculture and manufacturing sectors contributed to the slowdown. [BBC]