A U.S. federal court judge has reopened a legal case related to emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as U.S. secretary of state. Clinton’s exchange of emails during her 2009-13 tenure has been a controversial issue as she seeks the Democratic Party's 2016 presidential nomination.

Judicial Watch and the U.S. State Department earlier made a joint request with which federal Judge Reggie B. Walton, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, has agreed. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said it was the first time such a case has been reopened. He called it a “significant development” as it pointed to “the fraud by this administration and Mrs. Clinton.”

While Clinton released around 30,000 emails, she withheld about 32,000 others. She argued that those emails had nothing to do with the government. She took those emails off the server as well. U.S. officials were not aware of the deletion of the emails until a House committee investigation in 2012 uncovered it.

The committee was probing the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, terror attack in Benghazi, Libya. U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, who led the Benghazi inquiry, asked Clinton to submit the server to a third party. However, Clinton refused.

Gowdy’s interim report on Friday revealed Clinton’s emails remained a question mark. “The State Department has told the committee that it cannot certify that it has turned over all documents responsive to the committee’s request regarding the former secretary’s emails,” the report said, as the Washington Times reported.

As Politico reported, Wall Street earlier warned Clinton against becoming another Ed Miliband, the leader of Britain's Labour Party who resigned after a recent loss in national elections. Miliband has been known for his anti-bank policies, which evidently did not help his cause. According to some bankers, Clinton may encounter a similar fate if she continues to tack left on certain issues.

In a video released May 10, which was Mother’s Day in the U.S., Clinton called for paid family leave for American workers, saying her own mother and daughter were inspirations. She said that it was “outrageous” that the United States was the only developed country that did not offer such leave. She said that many women were “distraught” about having to quickly return to work after having a child.

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