(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Hillary Clinton's private emails from her time as Secretary of State could be released just before the first Presidential contest in 2016.

FOX News Radio's Rachel Sutherland reports from Washington.

The State Department is asking a federal judge to approve a plan to release 55,000 pages of Hillary Clinton's emails by mid-January of next year, just a couple of weeks before the Iowa caucus.  

The department says it will take that long to go through everything. The request is related to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.  

The contents of Clinton's messages have been a hot topic since The New York Times first reported she conducted all her correspondence during her tenure at the State Department from a private e-mail account.  

In Washington, Rachel Sutherland, FOX News Radio. 

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