IRS using absurd excuse to avoid turning over newly discovered Lois Lerner e-mails

The IRS is using a laughable excuse to stonewall the disclosure of 6,400 e-mails from Lois Lerner that were “forensically recovered.”

Remember these names: Geoffrey J. Klimas and Stephanie Sasarak.  They are lawyers working for the Department of Justice who are representing the IRS, and they have just insulted the intelligence of the Washington, D.C. District Court and the American people by telling the Court that, as Patrick Howley writes in the Daily Caller:

… the IRS received new Lerner emails from the Treasury Department’s inspector general (TIGTA) but can’t fork over the emails to Judicial Watch, a nonprofit group suing to get the emails. Why? Because the IRS is busy making sure that none of the emails are duplicates  – you know, so as not to waste anyone’s time.

However, the inspector general already made sure that none of the emails were duplicates, so the IRS’ latest excuse falls flat.

Klimas and Sasarak admit in their court filing:

Prior to providing the Service with the approximately 6,400 forensically-recovered emails, TIGTA identified and removed emails which appear to be duplicates of those which the Service has already produced to the Congressional Committees or were duplicates of other recovered emails.

So there is absolutely no reason to delay disclosure of the e-mails.  But the lawyers make up an insulting excuse – that they have to check for duplication with Lerner e-mails they don’t yet have:

The Service expects to begin processing and reviewing the recovered emails immediately following its review and production of Lerner communications which were not forensically recovered. At this time, the Service is unable to estimate when it will finish processing and reviewing the forensically-recovered emails.

There must be some seriously incriminating material in these e-mails if DoJ attorneys are willing to beclown themselves by offering nonsense arguments to prevent their disclosure.  Lois Lerner took the Fifth Amendment for a reason.  Most federal judges do not enjoy being mocked this way.  But it is possible to use nonsense arguments and filings to delay, and the goal clearly is to get past the 2016 election and hope that the public memory fades.

It might work.

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