A federal judge Wednesday rebuked the Obama administration’s IRS for refusing to divulge documents, including Lois G. Lerner’s emails, and warned that he would hold in contempt those who break his orders.Instead of the governments lawyers, he should be threatening to put Koskinen in the pokey. The lawyers take their orders from him. Call it a conspiracy if you need to drum up a charge.
Judge Emmet G. Sullivan called the administration’s defense “nonsensical” and said the IRS must release documents every Monday to Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm that requested the documents under open records laws and then sued after the IRS didn’t comply.
“Officers of the court who fail to comply with court orders will be held in contempt,” Judge Sullivan said in a published order.
At a July 1 hearing, he ordered the IRS to turn over documents weekly. But after the hearing, the IRS approached Judicial Watch and proposed a new schedule. Judicial Watch said it would accept the schedule but wanted the IRS to make it official with the court — something the IRS refused to do.
Judge Sullivan was not pleased. He noted that the government attorneys agreed that his initial instructions were clear but violated them anyway.
“The government’s reasoning is nonsensical,” the judge wrote.
The newest revelations from the Lerner emails that have been produced is that the IRS deliberately sent invasive questions to at least one of the conservative non-profits to keep them from complaining to Congress:
More than 900 pages of those documents were released to Judicial Watch by the IRS this month. One suggested that Ms. Lerner’s colleagues sent an intrusive request for information letter in order to prevent a group from complaining to Congress about poor treatment.The IRS must be destroyed to be saved.