It was revealed today that U.S District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan has threatened to hold Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department lawyers in contempt of court after the IRS failed to provide status reports and newly recovered emails of Lois Lerner’s as he had ordered on July 1.
According to Judicial Watch, Sullivan made it clear during a status hearing today that this failure to follow his instructions was serious, and that the IRS and DOJ’s excuses for not complying were “indefensible, ridiculous, and absurd.” He then reminded the attorney’s that he has the power to hold them in contempt of court, and added, “I will haul into court the IRS Commissioner to hold him personally into contempt.”
After the hearing ended, Sullivan issued this “minute order“:
“At the July 29, 2015 status hearing, the Government agreed that the Court’s July 1, 2015 oral order from the bench was clear and enforceable. Nonetheless, the Government reasoned it inappropriate to file a motion for reconsideration until a written order was issued. As expressed at the hearing, the Government’s reasoning is nonsensical. Officers of the Court who fail to comply with Court orders will be held in contempt. Also, in the event of non-compliance with future Court orders, the Commissioner of the IRS and others shall be directed to show cause as to why they should not be held in contempt of Court. The Court’s July 1, 2015 ruling from the bench stands: (1) the Government shall produce relevant documents every Monday; (2) the Government’s document production shall be accompanied by a status report that indicates (a) whether TIGTA has turned over any new documents to the IRS, (b) if so, the number of documents, and (c) a timeframe for the IRSs production of those documents. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on July 29, 2015.”
Conservatives everywhere are praising Sullivan for being so brutally honest during the hearing.
“In a dramatic court hearing today, Judge Sullivan made it clear he would personally hold accountable the IRS Commissioner Koskinen and Justice Department attorneys for any further contempt of his court orders in Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The missing and-then-not missing Lois Lerner saga is a stark example of the Obama administration’s contempt for a federal court and the rule of law. That Obama administration officials would risk jail rather than disclose these Lerner documents shows that the IRS scandal has just gotten a whole lot worse.”
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