WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is ordering the State Department to speed up its review of emails from two key aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on Tuesday gave the department until Oct. 2 to complete a keyword search of thousands of work-related messages sent or received from private email accounts by aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills. Lawyers for the agency had asked for weeks longer to complete the task. A line-by-line review of the emails will then be conducted to see if they contain confidential information.
The conservative political advocacy group Citizens United sued over what it contends is the slow response to its public-records request for the emails. The State Department had indicated the emails wouldn't be released until at least December.