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State Dept releases more Clinton emails, misses 2015 quota

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the University of Minnesota on December 15, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN.
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the University of Minnesota on December 15, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN.

The State Department on Thursday released 5,500 more pages of Hillary Clinton's emails but fell short of meeting a court-ordered target of making 82 percent of the former secretary of state's messages public by the end of 2015.

The email dump is the latest release from the private server Clinton used during her time as America's top diplomat. The State Department said it failed to meet the court's goal because of "the large number of documents involved and the holiday schedule."

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Though the email releases have so far come on the last day of the month, the department announced it will release more of Clinton's messages in early January to help meet the court's goal.

Clinton's Republican opponents have harshly criticized her use of a private email account while heading the State Department, saying it compromised the country's security. Previous releases have shed light into the day-to-day workings of Clinton's inner circle, but have provided few insights into the decision-making process of the Democratic presidential frontrunner.