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Federal Judge threatens to hold IRS Commissioner in contempt of court over IRS targeting scandal

July 29, 2015

  Maybe, just maybe, things are starting to get real regarding the IRS targeting scandal and Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drives because today a Federal Judge, Emmet Sullivan, threatened to hold IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and some Department of Injustice lawyers in contempt of court for failing to comply with a court order.

  Here is more:

Judicial Watch announced that U.S District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan today threatened to hold the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department attorneys in contempt of court after the IRS failed to produce status reports and newly recovered emails of Lois Lerner, former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS, as he had ordered on July 1, 2015.

During the a status hearing today, Sullivan warned that the failure to follow his order was serious and the IRS and Justice Department’s excuses for not following his July 1 order were “indefensible, ridiculous, and absurd.”  He asked the IRS’ Justice Department lawyer Geoffrey Klimas, “Why didn’t the IRS comply” with his court order and “why shouldn’t the Court hold the Commissioner of the IRS in contempt.”  Judge Sullivan referenced his contempt findings against Justice Department prosecutors in the prosecution of late Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and reminded the Justice Department attorney he had the ability to detain him for contempt.  Warning he would tolerate no further disregard of his orders, Judge Sullivan said, “I will haul into court the IRS Commissioner to hold him personally into contempt.”

  The court order in question required the IRS to begin handing over emails related to the Tea Party targeting scandal to Judicial Watch under the Freedom of Information Act but we know how the IRS feels about the law because the agency would not have been in this position in the first place if it did not have a complete lack of respect for the law so it should come as no surprise that the agency did not comply.

  The question is; will John Koskinen really be willing to take the bullet for Lois Lerner? I find it hard to believe he will be willing so it will be interesting to see what the next move is–if anything come from this at all, after all there is not even a smidgen of corruption here…

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

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  1. July 29, 2015 6:08 pm

    Reblogged this on Brittius and commented:
    The judge, doesn’t have a hair on his ass to jail Koskinen.

    Liked by 2 people

    • July 29, 2015 6:28 pm

      Why are our politicians so guttless? Does the NSA have so much dirt on them that they are helpless? I once took a piece of bubblegum from Hook’s Drug Store when I was six years old. I guess I can never run for office.

      Liked by 3 people

      • July 30, 2015 5:31 am

        I think Obama does have something on many of them but I also think there are many of them who are part of the system who do not want to rock the boat.

        Liked by 2 people

      • July 30, 2015 6:11 pm

        Steve, I think you nailed it. NO ONE want’s to rock the damn boat and the boat needs to be toppled over! Wakie-Wakie Congressional ZOMBIES and make some NOISE!

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      • July 30, 2015 6:38 pm

        That’s right Lorra, nobody wants to ruin a good thing!

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    • July 30, 2015 5:30 am

      Thanks for the reblog, I don’t see it happening either.

      Liked by 1 person

      • July 30, 2015 6:22 am

        You’re welcome.

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    • July 30, 2015 6:37 pm

      Thanks for the reblog.

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      • July 31, 2015 4:50 am

        You’re welcome.

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  2. July 29, 2015 6:37 pm

    This just may bring us to the tipping point. A crisis that cannot be avoided once the courts are challenged this way.

    Liked by 2 people

    • July 30, 2015 5:32 am

      I hope you are right, it would seem as if it would be hard to back down now.

      Liked by 2 people

    • July 30, 2015 7:55 am

      Nothing the courts can do to enforce anything. The judicial branch relies on the other two branches to carry out its decisions. If those branches ignore the courts – like obama has done – there’s nothing the courts can do. obama will ignore and Congress has proven it won’t do anything.

      Holder was held in contempt by Congress….nothing happened to him!!!

      My dear friends, our federal government has lost all legitimacy. They go through the motions, putting on a (not so) good show, and we have played along. It’s way past time to stop the charade.

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      • July 30, 2015 6:39 pm

        You nailed it Laura!

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