THE ASSOCIATED PRESS'S MATT LEE: "He does have a point, maybe it shouldn't be driven by political deadlines so that the results of the review that the State Department is responsible for come out after the election but maybe it should be driven by wanting to get it out before the election. In fact, as soon as possible. Can you commit to getting the results of this review into the top secret into the classified the one that he's talking about before there is a general election in this country."
LEE: "Exactly, no one is questioning that. No one is saying that you or the FBI or DOJ or whoever else is doing all these reviews or investigations that they need to set a deadline, but the fact of the matter is that today is one of those deadlines in the electoral and political process and the judge in the FOIA case set deadlines, some of which you made some of which you didn't made. You made the last one, which was yesterday, and they're all out. So deadlines whether they are random, they exist. And they exist in the political calendar as well."
KIRBY: "Sure they do. I'm sure you've never missed a deadline either or should I call Wendy? Look, its one thing to meet a deadline for the distribution of these documents, which as you pointed out, sometimes we made it sometimes we didn't, and the judge was…"
LEE: "Not happy"
KIRBY: "Mandated and subsequent deadline process here for us. But in the case of investigations and reviews it is not always the case that reviews and investigations are given deadlines to be complete. Specifically, because you want investigators to have the leeway to look at things as deeply and as thoroughly as you need to."
LEE: "Which is understandable, but at the same time you have to deal with the reality of the year that we are in. Don't you? I mean presumably, the building, the people in this building who are voters, want to know all of the information they can before they go, they go into the voting booth, right?"
QUESTION: "So, if you were worried about being accused of politicizing this issue, you run a greater risk of doing that should you release the report after the election than you would if you did it before, that is an opinion, that's not a question…" ( State Department Press Briefing, 3/1/16)
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