Conservative group seeks judicial help in IRS case

A conservative group suing the IRS is asking a federal judge to force the agency to change how it hands over documents

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Judicial Watch has asked a federal judge to make the IRS reveal when it might be done handing over documents, and to more quickly hand over documents from the time period when former agency official Lois Lerner's emails went missing.

The group has complained that the IRS never told them that a computer crash left the agency unable to recover all emails from Lerner, the former official at the center of the controversy.

In a brief filed this week, Judicial Watch asked the U.S. District Court in Washington to force the IRS to give “an estimated time” for producing all requested documents.

The group says that the IRS currently produces documents, often heavily redacted, on a rolling monthly basis.

Judicial Watch has also objected that the IRS has been giving it documents in reverse chronological order, which the group says is allowing the agency to avoid giving answers about what happened to Lerner's emails.

“The production in reverse chronological order further delays the IRS’ disclosure of the gaps for the missing records,” the group wrote in their filing.

The IRS said Friday that it doesn’t comment on pending legal matters.

In July, Judge Emmet Sullivan of the district court ordered the IRS to explain how Lerner’s emails went missing, and to explain any methods for potentially recovering them.

Sullivan then asked for more information last month after the IRS’s original response, suggesting that he wasn’t satisfied with the agency’s answers.

Judicial Watch has called the IRS’s responses to the court orders “a joke.”