State Department to review e-mails

The State Department agreed Thursday to review thousands of messages from a private e-mail account that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used for government business, but it cautioned that the process will move slowly and perhaps take months.

The department announced its action just after midnight, soon after Clinton spoke for the first time about the political firestorm over her use of private e-mails sent from a private computer server using an Internet address traced back to Clinton's family home in Chappaqua, New York.

Clinton urged the State Department late Wednesday on her Twitter account to release the documents publicly. "I want the public to see my e-mail. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible," Clinton said on Twitter.

Secretary of State John Kerry said the department "will undertake this task as rapidly as possible in order to make sure that we are dealing with the sheer volume in a responsible way." Officials have said that Clinton turned over more than 55,000 pages of e-mails to the department.

Associated Press