For John, BLUF: Department of State doesn't want to do the work, and get into the muck of the controversy. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Lawyers said it would take that long to compile the 450,000 pages of records from former Clinton aides Cheryl Mills, Jacob Sullivan and Patrick Kennedy, according to a court filing from last week, which was first reported by CNN.That is about 25 pages a day. A little over 3 an hour. I guess that is the case. They don't call it "Foggy Bottom" without reason.
"Given the Department's current [Freedom of Information Act] (FOIA) workload and the complexity of these documents, it can process about 500 pages a month, meaning it would take approximately 16-and-2/3 years to complete the review of the Mills documents, 33-and-1/3 years to finish the review of the Sullivan documents, and 25 years to wrap up the review of the Kennedy documents — or 75 years in total," the State Department said in the filing.
They better not make me SecState in January.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff