A federal judge has given the Internal Revenue Service until this coming Friday(6/13) to provide answers on the status of Lois Lerner’s emails that were declared lost and found again.
According to Judicial Watch, Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court of Columbia issued the order on Thus day June 4 in response a request by Judicial Watch, a not for profit government watch dog.
“The Obama IRS obstructed and lied to a federal judge and Judicial Watch in an effort to hide the truth about Lois Lerner’s emails,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The IRS, including its top political appointees IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and General Counsel William J. Wilkins, has much to answer for over its contempt of court and of Congress. And the Department of Justice officials enabling this cover-up in court need to be held accountable, as well. The IRS is out of control and Judicial Watch is happy that Judge Sullivan has taken this key step to remind the agency that it is accountable to the rule of law and the American people.”Originally the IRS said the emails were irrevocably lost and destroyed (just like Hilary's):
Because the emails recovered from the backup tapes are responsive to [Judicial Watch’s] FOIA request, [Judicial Watch] respectfully requests that the Court order the IRS to submit to the Court a report by June 12, 2015 addressing the status of the emails recovered by TIGTA. The report should include:Hopefully Friday will bring us one step closer to figuring how the who, why, and when of this scandal where the IRS targeted conservative organizations and tried to cover it all up.
(a) clarification as to whether all emails that have been recovered by TIGTA have now been turned over to the IRS for review and processing in response to Plaintiff’s request, the volume of those emails, and the time frame in which the IRS anticipates completing its review and production of responsive emails, and
(b) clarification as to whether the processing is complete for all 1,268 backup tapes to determine what emails are recoverable, and if not, when the processing is expected to be complete.