"We firmly oppose the complete blocking of the release of these emails," Hillary Clinton's campaign said in a statement

By Tierney McAfee
Updated January 29, 2016 06:00 PM
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The State Department has declared 22 emails from Hillary Clinton‘s private email server “top secret” and announced that they will not be released because they are too sensitive for the public to view.

State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Friday, “We can confirm that later today, as part of our monthly FOIA productions of former Secretary Clinton’s emails, the State Department will be denying in full seven email chains, found in 22 documents representing 37 pages.”

Kirby said the documents were not marked classified at the time they were sent and said he would not comment on the contents.

The Democratic hopeful’s campaign press secretary Brian Fallon released a statement Friday calling for the emails to be released despite the State Department’s finding, which comes just three days ahead of the Iowa caucuses.

“We firmly oppose the complete blocking of the release of these emails. Since first providing her emails to the State Department more than one year ago, Hillary Clinton has urged that they be made available to the public. We feel no differently today,” the statement read.

“After a process that has been dominated by bureaucratic infighting that has too often played out in public view, the loudest and leakiest participants in this interagency dispute have now prevailed in blocking any release of these emails. This flies in the face of the fact that these emails were unmarked at the time they were sent, and have been called ‘innocuous’ by certain intelligence officials. We understand that these emails were likely originated on the State Department s unclassified system before they were ever shared with Secretary Clinton, and they have remained on the department s unclassified system for years. And, in at least one case, the emails appear to involve information from a published news article.”

“This appears to be over-classification run amok. We will pursue all appropriate avenues to see that her emails are released in a manner consistent with her call last year.”

The State Department has so far released approximately 42,000 pages of Clinton’s correspondence during her time as secretary of state as part of a court-ordered mandate. About 1,000 more pages are expected to be released Friday evening.