First, some background on a group called Judicial Watch …Judicial Watch is a non-partisan conservative organization whose motto is “Because no one is above the law”.
To achieve this goal,” Judicial Watch uses the open records or freedom of information laws and other tools to investigate and uncover misconduct by government officials and litigation to hold to account politicians and public officials who engage in corrupt activities.” Source
For example, when the White House was claiming (a) that it had no involvement in the development of Susan Rice’s infamous “it was the video’s fault, not terrorists” talking points, and (b) that all emails had been turned over to Congressional committees … it was Judicial Watch that worked the courts using the Freedom of Information Act to get a copy of the smoking gun emails that put tied the talking to Ben Rhodes – the White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser at the time. Source
Somehow, Judicial Watch’s courts actions seem to get better access to sensitive government info than the Congressional Committees.
Well, now Judicial Watch is targeting Lois Lerner’s missing emails … (pun intended)
Here’s the scoop …
According to the New York Observer and the JW web site …
Judicial Watch has been trying to get Lois Lerner’s emails via a FOIA request, but have been stiff-armed by the IRS.
On Saturday, “attorneys for Judicial Watch sought a courtroom status conference “as soon as possible to discuss the IRS’s failure to fulfill its duties to this court under the law, as well as other ramifications of this lawsuit.”
It took Judge Emmet Sullivan just a few hours to grant JW the hearing they requested.
Here’s the so what …
Judge Sullivan is a no-nonsense guy who seems ready and willing to take on Federal agencies.
For example, he’s the judge who ordered an independent investigation of the Department of Justice, which revealed its corrupted prosecution of United States Senator Ted Stevens.
Now the IRS will have to go through its “hard drive crashed” baloney with Judge Sullivan who has the power to do something about it … including the power to name a special prosecutor.
The hearing is scheduled for July 10.
We’ll see if Judicial Watch can do what Congress has been unable to do – get the emails that Congress hasn’t been able to squeeze out of the IRS.
They did it for Benghazi. Let’s see how they do with the IRS …