Skip to comments.IRS must take oath on Lerner emails: judge
Posted on 07/10/2014 6:09:51 PM PDT by mandaladon
A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to explain under oath how it lost emails connected to Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the tea party targeting scandal.
The action is the latest in conservative group Judicial Watchs bid to discover more on the missing emails after the group won a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the IRS.
The revelation last month that Lerners and potentially other tax officials emails are lost after computer crashes has revived the year-plus long controversy over added scrutiny the agency gave to tea party groups seeking nonprofit status. Republicans suspect Lerner blitzed her own computer, while Democrats say it is all a wild goose chase.
Judge Emmet Sullivan gave the government 30 days, until Aug. 10, to file a declaration signed by appropriate IRS officials under oath sworn to be the truth under penalty of perjury addressing the lost emails. The judge said the declaration, which should also include ways to recover the emails, will help inform the court about whether there is a need for limited discovery as requested by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch.
In addition to the written declaration, the judge also ordered that the government and Judicial Watch meet with Magistrate Judge John Facciola until Sept. 10 to discuss how the IRS can possibly obtain or recover the lost emails and documents from other sources. Judicial Watch is seeking information on what kinds of efforts the IRS has gone to in order to recover the lost information as well as how the agency is identifying additional sources, such as Lerners assistant, to try to find them.
Judicial Watch has had success using FOIA to get emails in other controversies, including the killings in Benghazi.
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Swearing an oath means nothing to communists. They’re commie lib atheists. They’re going to lie anyway.
Procedural SOP. Let’s see what comes of it.
Orchestra....strike up the band....
Dog and pony show....
Might as well ask them to put their hand on MAD magazine...most of them will have a hard time keeping a straight face.
Judicial Watch seems to be doing the work that the Justice Department refuses to do.
Undoubtedly the Judge will be audited within a week
anyone remember back when it was COOL to bash Judicial Watch..?
NO ONE ELSE is getting the great results that they are.
We owe them a lot, this time, too.
The Information Technology (IT) professionals covering for Lerner are technically savvy but have a sharp instinct for survival (as in not stupid). When they see the writing on the wall and a prison sentence staring them in the face, look for them to abandon the ruse and dump the emails on Congresses desk.
Maybe so Vendome but I'll tell you this, without the efforts of JW, this story would already be a faded memory. D. Issa was going to get nowhere.
Thanks. I appreciate the information.
Yes, when Larry Klayman made claims he couldn't deliver on. He was mostly a disappointment, but his successors are getting it done.
Dude! Haven’t seen you in forever.
Ow you been?
Since the republicans et al have shown themselves to be undependable cowards—
I think this is the coming trend, militia groups in the bundy stand off, groups like judicial watch, the tea party etc. are the wave of the future for those of us who have no longer have representation in our own republic.
the so called envelope...has been pushed SO FAR....that I expect a lot of these outcomes in the very near future.
It was not only cool, it was correct.
He was also suing Cheney (then he became the darling of the liberal media when before they ignored everything that occurred, including the holding of two cabinet secretaries in contempt of federal court during the Clinton years - not a peep of coverage).
“The Information Technology (IT) professionals covering for Lerner are technically savvy but have a sharp instinct for survival (as in not stupid). When they see the writing on the wall and a prison sentence staring them in the face, look for them to abandon the ruse and dump the emails on Congresses desk.”
I’m glad to hear you say that. Our side must have some mighty fine IT guys as well, you seem to be implying. Still, I will wait and see.
I was going to comment something like.....
An oath? These people don’t give a damn about oath`s if they can save their hide, and their incompetent Nero like idol worship.
A day will come when they curse themselves and “leaders” like Obama.
Heck, I'd settle for representation in our own PARTY!
Imagine that. The judge wants to hold the IRS to the same standard they impose on any taxpayer when they sign their return.
Won’t do a damn bit of good.
They will lie anyway, and Eric Witholder’s DOJ will do nothing.
Had 3 operations on my shoulder.
Torn Rotator Cuff.
Hideous an unbelievable pain.
Getting ready to go back to work.
I have an idea for two businesses and need private jet money... or enough so that when I wear the letter off a bar of soap, I can just throw it away...
Hehe...don't we all. Glad you've recovered, now GET TO WORK! (as my wife would say)