IRS required to explain lost Lerner emails to federal judge

Unlike Congress, the Court can impose penalties without Senate concurrence:

Internal Revenue Service officials will have to explain to a federal judge July 10 why the tax agency didn't inform the court that Lois Lerner's emails had been lost.

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Emmett G. Sullivan quickly granted a motion filed earlier today by attorneys for Judicial Watch seeking a courtroom status conference “as soon as possible to discuss the IRS's failure to fulfill its duties to this court under the law, as well as other ramifications of this lawsuit.”

I don't even know what to say about this.

The missing emails are now public knowledge. The IRS failed to mention the issue in any of their filings, despite those emails being central to the Judicial Watch case. I could understand if they tried to explain it away, or if they didn't mention the issue until after they testified to Congress about it. ("Understand" does not mean "would not impose legal penalties for"). But not mentioning it even after it made headlines for a week? Are their lawyers crazy?

This entry was published Fri Jun 27 19:00:08 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2014-06-27 19:00:45.0. [Tweet]

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