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July 30, 2015

Judge in IRS Case Says Tax Agency Slow to Provide Documents

A federal judge hearing a case involving the Internal Revenue Service's alleged targeting of conservative groups threatened contempt-of-court charges Wednesday against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, reports The Wall Street Journal.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said at a status hearing that the agency has failed to comply with his order to provide documents in a Freedom of Information Act suit brought by conservative activist group Judicial Watch.

Judicial Watch said the IRS has been slow to respond to Judge Sullivan's July 1 demand that it begin turning over, on a weekly basis, newly discovered emails from Lois Lerner, former head of the tax agency's nonprofits unit. In a written statement, the IRS said it will "comply with the judge's order."

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said earlier this week that he might seek to hold Mr. Koskinen in contempt of Congress over what he termed obstruction of House targeting probes.