Is this the beginning of the unraveling of the IRS scandal? Finally someone takes the side of the People. The IRS must explain under oath how it “lost” Lois Lerner’s email. In addition, a federal judge has appointed a “federal magistrate” to investigate whether any of her email can be recovered.
Thank goodness for Judicial Watch and Judge Emmet G. Sullivan!
A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to explain under oath how it lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency’s tea party controversy.
U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan gave the tax agency a month to submit the explanation in writing. Sullivan said he is also appointing a federal magistrate to see whether the lost emails can be obtained from other sources.
Sullivan issued the order as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group. He said the IRS declaration must be signed, under oath, by the appropriate IRS official.
“I’m going to hold tight to that Aug. 10 declaration,” Sullivan said.
We shall see. Now, maybe other judges will get the courage to follow Judge Sullivan’s lead. Will Judicial Watch ask the federal magistrate to look into the instant messaging system at the IRS, too? See here and here for insight into that new issue.