Larry Provost

IRS Ship Sinking: First Deadline Friday

By Larry Provost

The IRS is running but cannot hide due to citizens; citizens who obtained two important victories this week.

Through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, the watchdog group Judicial Watch has taken the government to federal court seeking answers to the IRS missing emails; emails that are important in determining the extent and guilt of the IRS targeting the political opinions of ordinary Americans.

This past week, the US Federal District Court for the District of Columbia has mandated two important rulings taking effect on Friday July 18, and no later than August 11, forcing the “most transparent administration in history” to put its money where its mouth is.

On Friday July, 18 the IRS must swear, under oath, an affidavit or declaration that:

“1. outlines the expertise and qualifications of the individual or individuals currently conducting the forensic examination as part of the Inspector General’s investigation;

2. outlines the expertise and qualifications of the individual or individuals who previously conducted forensic examinations or otherwise attempted to recover information from the computer hard drive at issue;

3. provides a projected date of completion of the Inspector General’s investigation;

4. states whether the serial number, if any, assigned to the computer hard drive at issue is known; and

5. if the serial number is known, why the computer hard drive cannot be identified and preserved.

What this means is the US District Court for the District of Columbia is not taking the IRS’s line about lost emails and further, is keeping a tight rein on those conducting the internal IRS investigation. The court even wants to know the qualifications of those conducting the internal IRS investigation. This is a big deal.

The second hearing decided in the last week, before U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, also of the DC District Court, was in regards to Lois Lerner’s supposedly missing emails. Judicial Watch is seeking these emails as part of its FOIA requests and their lawsuit, Judicial Watch vs. IRS. .

IRS lawyer Geoffrey Klimas suggested it would be better to wait on giving the court, Judicial Watch, or the people of our great nation any answers until the IRS completed its own internal and “transparent” investigation. Judge Sullivan was not impressed as can be seen by the following exchange:


Larry Provost

Larry Provost currently works at The American Legion in the National Security and Foreign Relations Division.