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Citizens United Grills State Dep’t. on Clinton

(CN) - Citizens United has filed a federal complaint seeking all of the State Department's scheduling information on presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary.

The conservative, Virginia-based group filed the complaint Monday in Washington, D.C., under the Freedom of Information Act.

Seven months have passed since the group asked the State Department for all scheduling records sent between Clinton and her handlers, Lona Valmoro and Linda Dewan, during her tenure as secretary, between 2009 and 2013, according to the complaint.

"In short, defendant has failed to comply with Citizen United's request for documents," the five-page lawsuit states.

Citizens United's request is set against an FBI investigation into whether Clinton compromised national security by sending emails from her personal server during her time in office.

Dedicated to "restoring our government to citizens' control," Citizens United says it has filed at least six lawsuits against the State Department for records from Clinton's term as the nation's top diplomat.

"We're asking for disclosure of documents involving the State Department's involving the State Department's relationship with Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, whether an acting State Department Inspector General was more interested in being Clinton's friend and protector rather than an independent investigator of her agency, and what sorts of benefits and perks were doled out to Clinton Foundation donors," Citizens United says on its website.

The topic of Clinton's personal emails was a hot-button topic in last week's debate between Democratic hopefuls in Las Vegas.

Coming to the former First Lady's defense, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., quipped: "The American people are sick and tired of hearing about the damn emails."

"Enough of the emails," he said.

Comedians predictably spoofed the scene on "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend.

"God it must be fun to scream and cuss in public," Kate McKinnon said, in Clinton drag. "I have to do all mine in this tiny little jar."

Clinton, Sanders and others are vying for the Democratic ticket against Republican candidates that include Florida's Gov. Jeb Bush - the son and brother of two former presidents - and television personality Donald Trump.

The election takes place in 2016.

Citizens United is represented by Ralph Christian Berg.

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