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Judicial Watch: Judge Issues Extraordinary Order In Lois Lerner Investigation


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Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement in response to an order issued yesterday by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan regarding the recently “lost” emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials, which were the subject of longstanding Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. IRS (No. 1:13-cv-1559)):
 
In an extraordinary step, U. S. District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan has launched an independent inquiry into the issue of the missing emails associated with former IRS official Lois Lerner.
 
Previously, Judge Sullivan ordered the IRS to produce sworn declarations about the IRS email issue by August 11. Today’s order confirms Judicial Watch’s read of this week’s IRS’ filings that treated as a joke Judge Sullivan’s order.
 
The sworn declarations to which Fitton refers were from IRS officials Aaron G. Signor, John H. Minsek, Stephen L. Manning, Timothy P. Camus, and Thomas J. Kane, and were provided to the federal district court on order from Judge Emmet G. Sullivan regarding the “lost” emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials.  
 
Those sworn declarations delivered to the court on August 11 were to discuss what happened to Lois Lerner’s “lost” emails and any other computer records reportedly lost by the IRS.
 
At that time Fitton issued a statement saying, “This latest IRS filing seems to treat as a joke Judge Sullivan’s order requiring the IRS to produce details about Lois Lerner’s ‘lost’ emails and any efforts to retrieve and produce them to Judicial Watch as required under law. Frankly, it seems the cover-up continues.”
 
Judge Sullivan, in his earlier ruling, appointed Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola to manage and assist in discussions between Judicial Watch and the IRS about how to obtain any missing records from other sources. Magistrate Facciola is an expert in e-discovery, and authorized Judicial Watch to submit a request for limited discovery into the missing IRS records after September 10.

Watch CHQ for updates on developments in the case of Lois Lerner and the IRS targeting of conservatives.

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