Angry over the inability of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to produce recovered e-mails from Lois Lerner as well as status report on e-mail production issues related to that correspondence, U.S District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan threatened on July 29 to hold both IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and attorneys from the Justice Department in contempt.
Sullivan’s threat came during a status hearing on his July 1 order that the IRS begin producing the almost 1,800 Lerner e-mails that were recently discovered.
That directive was in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from Judicial Watch, an organization that had filed a lawsuit alleging that the Obama administration had used the IRS to target and harass political opponents.
No e-mails were produced by the IRS until Wednesday, July 15, despite the directive that the e-mail correspondence be delivered each Monday. When the e-mails arrived, no status report included, which resulted the following week in Sullivan ordering both sides to meet.
During the July 29th status hearing, Sullivan described the government’s belief that his oral order needed to be written for it to be enforceable as “nonsensical.” The judge also threatened to personally hold Koskinen in contempt.
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