Judge threatens to hold embattled IRS chief in contempt

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A federal judge said Wednesday he would hold IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in contempt of court if the tax agency continued to dodge legal requirements to hand over documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court threatened to "haul into court" the IRS commissioner during a hearing Wednesday over a two-year-old request filed by Judicial Watch.

"There's no reason for not complying. This is ridiculous. This is absurd," Sullivan told an IRS attorney Wednesday during the heated court hearing.

Sullivan had ordered the IRS to begin producing emails sent to and from Lois Lerner, former head of the agency's tax-exempt unit, on a weekly basis during a July 1 hearing.

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