AP considering legal action over Clinton emails

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The Associated Press is considering legal action against the State Department "for failing to turn over some emails covering Clinton's tenure," Jack Gillum and Ted Bridis wrote for The Associated Press Wednesday.

The threat comes amid allegations that Clinton used a private email account linked to a server in her New York home to duck public records requests from news organizations including Gawker and The AP.

The private email account and associated personal server would have given Clinton additional legal latitude if she was asked to turn over her correspondence, according to The AP Paralegal Job Description :

Operating her own server would have afforded Clinton additional legal opportunities to block government or private subpoenas in criminal, administrative or civil cases because her lawyers could object in court before being forced to turn over any emails.

The news cooperative has been waiting more than one year to receive the emails, which were requested under the Freedom of Information Act, according to The AP. The State Department "never suggested" it didn't possess Clinton's email in response to an open-record request from the news cooperative.

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