On Monday night the State Department said in a court filing that it would need until at least January to process and review the 55,000 pages of e-mails. But U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras on Tuesday ordered that the emails be released on a rolling basis, a lawyer on the case told Reuters.
The order is part of an ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Vice News.
A January release date would come just weeks before the Iowa caucuses, which could push the e-mail controversy – which Clinton has aggressively sought to put behind her – into the spotlight just before the first votes for the Democratic nomination are cast.
“I want the American people to learn as much as we can about the work that I did. ... I worked extremely hard on behalf of our values and our interests and our security and the emails are a part of that,” she said. “I have said that publicly and I’m repeating it here in front of you today. I want them out as soon as they can get out.”
When asked if she would "demand" that State release the e-mails more quickly, she replied that "they're not mine, they belong to the State Department." But she did add that she is asking them to "please move as quickly as they possibly can to get them out."