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One week before the election, State Dept. releases hundreds of pages of 'classified' Clinton emails

Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton gestures next to her aide, Huma Abedin. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The State Department on Monday released hundreds of pages of new Hillary Clinton emails from the time that she was secretary of state, and at least three of them contain classified information.

The new emails were released just days after FBI Director Jim Comey sent Congress a letter indicating his agency was effectively reopening its investigation into Clinton's private email server.

Some of the emails, which were obtained by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act, were not in the tens of thousands of pages of emails turned over to the State Department by Clinton and her staff after the revelation that she used a private server. The emails in question were exchanged between Clinton and a number of her closest senior aides.

One of the emails was sent from Clinton to confidant Sid Blumenthal on Oct. 8, 2009, about the ongoing peace deal in Northern Ireland:

After five hours of talk at Downing Street tonight ... Shaun Woodward tells me that it seems Gordon Brown has brokered a financial package with Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness that may in turn break the deadlock of devolution of policing and justice. They have covered the major issues in stage two in their discussions. On Monday, Brown will formally set out the details in a letter to Robinson and McGuinness. Gordon will share these with you when you meet with him on Sunday at Chequers. Shaun says that both Robinson and McGuinness, subject to some minor details, should be in a position to recommend to Unionists and Nationalists that this is a strong deal. The letter will confirm the details.

Upon release of the email, the State Department redacted some of the information contained in Clinton's message.

[Redacted due to information “kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy;” “foreign relations or foreign activities of the US, including confidential sources”]

"I hope that’s right," Clinton continued in her message.

Another email, sent from Clinton to adviser Jake Sullivan, on Oct. 25, 2009, reads:

First, Tom’s travel date hasn’t been set – will be Tuesday or Wednesday we think. He is coordinating with Don Restrepo to see if they can go together.

The State Department also redacted the rest of that email "in the interest of national defense or foreign policy."

"So that’s where we are. We’ll have more to report tomorrow," Clinton wrote.

The hundreds of pages of emails consist of a number of other similar examples in which the State Department redacted classified material. But the information doesn't just shine a new light on Clinton's ongoing email scandal. It also has potential implications for the Clinton Foundation "pay-to-play" allegations.

Included with the new emails is a request to meet with Clinton sent from the assistant to Cuban-born sugar tycoon and Clinton Foundation donor Alfonso Fanjul, who has donated more than $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. He was also the Florida co-chairman for Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, according to Judicial Watch.

(H/T: Washington Examiner)

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