Geee Posted August 8, 2014 Share Posted August 8, 2014 The Hill: A federal judge on Thursday delivered an early setback to a conservative group’s lawsuit against the IRS, denying a request to allow an independent expert to search for former agency official Lois Lerner’s missing emails. Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court in Washington ruled that the conservative group, True the Vote, had provided no evidence that the IRS had already intentionally destroyed evidence or would do so in the future. He added that approving True the Vote’s request could jeopardize the confidentiality of taxpayer information, and complicate the efforts of an inspector general currently investigating what happened to Lerner’s emails. “The public interest weighs strongly against the type of injunctive relief the plaintiff seeks,” Walton, a George W. Bush nominee, wrote in his 17-page opinion filed Thursday. Cleta Mitchell, a lawyer for True the Vote, on Thursday downplayed the significance of Walton’s ruling, saying the judge had only rejected their request for expedited assistance. The government has asked the court to dismiss True the Vote’s lawsuit, a request that Mitchell said could be ruled on shortly. If Walton allows the suit to continue, Mitchell said that True the Vote would have other opportunities to get the independent forensic expert and other relief it requested. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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