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State Department Releases Slew of Clinton Emails

FILE - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a meeting of the Alabama Democratic Conference in Hoover, Alabama, Oct. 17, 2015.

The U.S. State Department on Monday released its largest batch yet of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails – 7,800 pages.

Two-thirds of Clinton's work-related emails have now been made public, the department said. There will be two more major releases of the Democratic presidential frontrunner's emails – one at the end of December and the other in late January.

Monday's release is the seventh in a gradual process to make public all the messages that Clinton says were work-related.

The disclosures are a result of a court order earlier this year, which demanded that the full 55,000 pages of Clinton's work-related emails be released by late January.

"Meeting this goal is a testament to our commitment to releasing to the public these emails as expeditiously as possible," State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters.

Clinton's exclusive use of a private email setup throughout her tenure as secretary of state has haunted her presidential campaign.

Critics, including prominent lawmakers on Capitol Hill, have worried that Clinton's use of a personal email address and private server housed in her New York home could have made secrets vulnerable to hackers and allowed her to keep potentially embarrassing information secret.

She has defended using one server as an issue of convenience.

Clinton is the leading Democratic contender for the 2016 presidential election.