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IRS also failed to tell court about lost emails

Cover-up: Even though the IRS knew it had lost a significant chunk of Lois Lerner emails in February, it failed to notify the court even as it released in April emails demanded of them as part of a court case.

No mention was made in that production of the lost Lerner emails, even though the original Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit filed in May 2013 specifically sought them.

Judicial Watch further noted that “although IRS had knowledge of the missing Lois Lerner emails and of the other IRS officials, it materially omitted any mention of the missing records” in an April 30 status update on its document production. … The tax agency could also face court sanctions or even criminal proceedings if [the judge in the case] is not satisfied with the government’s explanation. [emphasis mine]

The IRS and the officials there should be punished criminally for this behavior, but I doubt it will happen.

And then there’s this: According to the law, the loss of the emails of Lerner and other IRS officials can be inferred as evidence that the emails were incriminating.

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  • DK Williams

    If Judge Sirica were the presiding judge, several IRS officials would be staring out of cell bars for contempt.

  • Cotour

    ” According to the law, the loss of the emails of Lerner and other IRS officials can be inferred as evidence that the emails were incriminating.”

    You would actually have to have someone that actually prosecuted it though and the person that would be responsible for that would be Eric Holder and he works for the president (both swore to and are suppose to work to up hold the Constitution but I guess that is just a quaint tradition, you know its old and passe like the Constitution itself)

    If actual hard irrefutable evidence is not shown as in the actual recovered emails and the incriminating evidence that they contain than this will all just be a political show. There will be no voluntary apologies or admissions by this president or any of his minions.

    “According to the law”, that’s cute.

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