#WhiteHouse ‘Absolutely’ Stands by Obama’s ‘Not Even a Smidgeon of Corruption’ in IRS After New Probe Says 24,000 Emails Were Destroyed
Judge Demands More Answers from IRS
Try telling the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that you lost some tax documents and then magically found them again once legal pressure was applied. What do you think the end result would be for you if you tried to operate this way? Judicial Watch is succeeding in court in its effort to remind the Obama IRS that it isn't above the law. But it's clear to us after reviewing a seven-page court filing the IRS finally submitted in response to a court order that the tax agency is working to stonewall our efforts.
Last week, just to review, I told you how Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted a Judicial Watch request to issue an order requiring the IRS to provide answers by June 12, 2015, on the status of the Lois Lerner emails the IRS had previously and falsely declared lost. Judicial Watch raised questions about the IRS' handling of the missing emails in a June 2 court filing, demanding answers about Lerner's emails, which had been recovered from backup tapes. Judge Sullivan agreed that Judicial Watch deserved answers and issued the court order on June 4, 2015.
So, late last Friday President Obama's recalcitrant IRS agency finally complied with Judge Sullivan's June 4 order requiring the agency to provide answers to Judicial Watch. Contrary to previous agency claims that the emails were lost and unrecoverable, the IRS finally admits that it has as many as 6,400 new Lerner emails but won't promise to turn them over to us just yet. Even though the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) already identified and removed emails that are duplicates, the IRS is in "the process of conducting further manual deduplication of the 6,400" emails, rather than reviewing them in response to Judicial Watch's Freedom of Information Act requests that are more than two years old now.
Our lawyers went back to the court right away and blew the whistle on this continued obstruction. On Monday (June 15), our attorneys filed another response with the court. We said the IRS should stop stonewalling and turn over the records it says it now has:
Judicial Watch respectfully requests that the Court order the IRS to start producing any non-exempt, responsive emails contained within the 6,400 emails immediately and disclose whether they are all or a subset of the recovered emails from the 1,268 backup tapes.
And we highlighted that the Obama IRS has no response to our well-founded accusations that it lied to Judicial Watch, the court, and to Congress. In addition to withholding key information about Lerner's "lost and found" emails, the Obama IRS:
does not refute in its seven-page Response that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration ("TIGTA") was able to locate the Lois Lerner backup tapes within one day of its investigation or that the IRS never requested the backup tapes from its technicians before declaring that the emails were lost forever.
Yesterday evening, Judge Sullivan indicated that he was not satisfied with the IRS' non-response to his court order. He ordered a comprehensive report from the IRS by June 29:
The IRS shall file a supplemental report, setting forth any new information regarding: (1) TIGTA's recovery of emails from the backup tapes; (2) TIGTA's production of emails to the IRS; (3) the IRS's review of emails and production to the plaintiff; and (4) the status of the TIGTA investigation.
And he also ordered the IRS into his court for a hearing on July 1 to discuss the notices.
We are pleased that the court is demanding answers. Our attorneys battling the IRS in several federal courts are doing more than Congress, the media, or the Justice Department to hold the Obama IRS to account for its outrageous conduct and lies. Barack Obama and his corrupt allies in Washington may think using the IRS to harass, audit, and intimidate Obama's opposition so he can steal an election is no big deal. Judicial Watch is happy to remind the Obama gang, which is still running and abusing the power of the IRS, the rule of law still applies to them.
The Obama IRS isn't the only agency on the radar of Judicial Watch and, again, Judge Sullivan....
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