Justice Department officials pushed IRS employees to hand over documents before they gave the records to Congress in 2013 as investigators were attempting to dig into the tax agency's targeting of conservative nonprofits.
The Justice Department knew "that some [IRS] employees have assembled their own set" of documents for the congressional probe in preparation for their scheduled testimonies and told IRS officials it would be "helpful to obtain them" from the witnesses, according to emails published Tuesday by Judicial Watch.
"[W]e would like the unredacted documents," an unnamed Justice Department official added in the July 16, 2013 email.
The new records, obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act, suggests the Justice Department played a larger role in the IRS targeting scandal than previously known.
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