A federal judge ordered the State Department to search for additional Benghazi emails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have sent or received.
U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta demanded the State Department continue to look for messages the former secretary of state may have written or received from aides Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills or Jake Sullivan, Politico reports.
The judge, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama, is also instructing officials to search their state.gov email servers.
"To date, State has searched only data compilations originating from outside sources -- Secretary Clinton, her former aides, and the FBI," explained Mehta in his ruling. "It has not, however, searched the one records system over which it has always had control and that is almost certain to contain some responsive records: the state.gov e-mail server."
"If Secretary Clinton sent an e-mail about Benghazi to Abedin, Mills, or Sullivan at his or her state.gov e-mail address, or if one of them sent an e-mail to Secretary Clinton using his or her state.gov account, then State’s server presumably would have captured and stored such an e-mail," he added. "Therefore, State has an obligation to search its own server for responsive records."
Mehta ordered a status report be delivered by Sept. 22.
Before the new ruling, news on the investigation had been quiet since the November 2016 presidential election.
Clinton, who was the Democratic presidential nominee, was under fire for much of her campaign over her use of an unsecured email server she used while she served as secretary of state.
Some have claimed she sent classified information using the unsecured server, and that information led to the coordinated attack on the Libyan consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. Four Americans were killed in the attack.
The two-year investigation into Clinton and others ultimately did not end with her being charged with any crime.
The State Department has declined to comment on the judge's recent ruling.
"We are reviewing the judge's opinion and order," a spokesman said.
News of the ruling provoked mixed responses on social media.
"I always disliked Clinton but this Benghazi has always been BS propaganda in my opinion," wrote one social media user on CNN's Facebook page. "It is/was a sad incident but the right acts like Clinton wanted them to die."
Others praised the judge's decision.
"Good," commented another Facebook user. "This woman, and her husband, have been deleting info and shredding evidence for decades and it's time they are held accountable to the same rule of law that the average American is."
Sources: Politico, United States District Court For The District Of Columbia, CNN/Facebook / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: U.S. Department of State/Wikimedia Commons, C-SPAN/Wikimedia Commons