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 IRS Records

DOJ attorneys told Judicial Watch on Friday that the federal government backs up all emails “in case of a government-wide catastrophe.” According to these attorneys, the real reason that the IRS has not provided Lois Lerner’s emails is that retrieval from back-up tapes would be “onerous.” Here is Judicial Watch’s statement on the discovery, which includes this quote from Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton: “You can bet we are going to ask the court for immediate assistance in cutting through this massive obstruction of justice.”

The latest revelations are related to the ongoing Judicial Watch v. IRS lawsuit over IRS abuses being heard by U.S. District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan. In July 10 ruling, Judge Sullivan gave the IRS 30 days to provide details regarding the missing emails. Following the agency’s response, which seemed less than forthcoming, “Judge Sullivan authorized Judicial Watch to submit a request for limited discovery into the missing IRS records after September 10.”