Judge Orders IRS To Give Better Excuse For Lois Lerner’s Lost Emails

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August 15, 2014 11:16am PST

Like the deafening majority of Americans, it seems that even the corruption of the federal government wasn’t satisfied with the excuse the IRS gave as to the incriminating emails miraculously lost by the IRS. According to a recent ruling, a Federal judge said the IRS would have to do better than saying their hard drives crashed and were destroyed.

Judge Emmet Sullivan rejected the transparent excuses offered by the IRS while presiding over a Judicial Watch complaint about the Lois Lerner emails. After conducting his own, independent probe, he came up with a series of questions that he demanded be answered in full in one weeks time.

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As Bloomberg writes:

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan’s order today giving the IRS until Aug. 22 to come up with further details on what it did to retrieve e-mail from the malfunctioning computer of Lois Lerner signals his dissatisfaction with the agency’s earlier explanation, contained in an Aug. 11 filing.

According to the official document released by Emmet, his orders are as follows:

MINUTE ORDER. In light of [26] the Declarations filed by the IRS, the IRS is hereby ORDERED to file a sworn Declaration, by an official with the authority to speak under oath for the Agency, by no later than August 22, 2014.

In this Declaration, the IRS must:

(1) provide information about its efforts, if any, to recover missing Lois Lerner emails from alternate sources (i.e., Blackberry, iPhone, iPad);

(2) provide additional information explaining the IRS’s policy of tracking inventory through use of bar code property tags, including whether component parts, such as hard drives, receive a bar code tag when serviced. If individual components do not receive a bar code tag, provide information on how the IRS tracks component parts, such as hard drives, when being serviced;

(3) provide information about the IRS’s policy to degauss hard drives, including whether the IRS records whose hard drive is degaussed, either by tracking the employee’s name or the particular machine with which the hard drive was associated; and

(4) provide information about the outside vendor who can verify the IRS’s destruction policies concerning hard drives.

It appears as though the IRS has exhausted all patience the courts once had at the beginning of this investigation. After all, who wouldn’t be tired of running around with their heads cut off like a chicken looking for answers from an agency who has outwardly dodged all inquiries from the start?

For now, the IRS has one week to have someone appear under oath to answer Emmet’s question, but there’s still one question – will they comply?

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