A federal judge has ruled that the State Department has roughly three weeks to propose a deadline for the release of tens of thousands of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails, Politico reported.
The deadline, mandated by U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras in an order issued Tuesday, applies to work-related emails Clinton sent or received on her personal account.
Department officials have said the email review process would take several months — with the exception of some emails, related to Libya and the Sept. 11, 2012 murders of four Americans by jihadists in Benghazi, that are supposed to be released sooner.
Contreras issued his order Tuesday in a lawsuit filed in January by Vice News reporter Jason Leopold seeking emails from Clinton's four years as secretary of state along with emails from some of her top staffers.
"At or before the May 19 status hearing, Defendant shall provide a proposed schedule of production for Secretary Clinton's emails," wrote Contreras, an appointee of President Barack Obama.