June 9, 2015

Federal Judge Gives IRS Until Friday To Explain Itself On Lerner Emails

A federal judge says the Internal Revenue Service has until Friday to provide answers on the status of Lois Lerner’s emails that were previously declared lost, a watchdog group announced Monday.

Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court of Columbia issued the order June 4 in response to a June 2 request from Judicial Watch – a nonprofit government transparency group.

“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,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “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.”

Judicial Watch argued before Sullivan that newly-recovered backup tapes contain information the watchdog requested through the Freedom of Information Act and that the IRS had to provide details regarding the number of emails and the time-frame that they would be released.

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