State Department officials must fast-track a review of 14,900 emails that were recovered by the FBI from Hillary Clinton's private server, a federal judge said Monday.
The order came as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by conservative-leaning Judicial Watch over records related to Clinton's longtime confidante Huma Abedin.
The State Department must quickly examine the deleted records for sensitive or duplicate material before providing the emails to Judicial Watch. Although FBI Director James Comey said last month that the FBI had recovered "several thousand" emails from Clinton's private network, the administration had declined to provide a specific figure before Monday.
Judicial Watch could provide public access to the emails once it receives them. A State Department spokesman said last week that officials had not yet decided whether the new emails would also be published online, as were the roughly 30,000 emails Clinton submitted in late 2014.
Clinton previously claimed to have turned over all work-related emails to the State Department. However, a year-long FBI investigation uncovered thousands of official communications that Clinton's team scrubbed from her personal network.
The same FOIA case that forced the State Department to reveal the 14,900 previously undisclosed documents will compel Clinton to answer written questions about her email practices under oath. A judge stopped short of ordering her to submit for a deposition last week in a ruling that allowed Judicial Watch attorneys to serve the Democratic nominee with a questionnaire.
Six of Clinton's current and former aides were forced to testify about the email network in May and June.