Former senior IRS official Lois Lerner had deeply held political biases while she was in a position of authority, according to Republican lawmakers who unveiled emails on Wednesday showing her referring to conservatives as ‘crazies’ and ‘a**holes.’
Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, who chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder to demand what he called ‘a serious investigation’ – something he said has been lacking.
Camp wants Holder to appoint an outside special counsel to probe the culture of the IRS and explain why hundreds of conservative groups were subjected to intrusive questioning and years-long delays when they applied for nonprofit tax benefits – steps that were not taken against liberal organizations.
He told the attorney general on Wednesday that the newly disclosed email correspondence ‘shows Ms. Lerner’s mistreatment of conservative groups was driven by her personal hostility toward conservatives.’
The November 9, 2012 email exchange with an unnamed colleague – the person’s name was redacted in the copy Camp’s staff released publicly – took place while Lerner was in the United Kingdom.
‘Overheard some ladies talking about American[s] today,’ Lerner wrote. ‘According to them we’ve bankrupted ourselves and a[re] through. We’ll never be able to pay off our debt and are going down the tubes.’
Turning sarcastic, Lerner pounced on her British acquaintances. ‘They don’t seem to see that they can’t afford to keep up their welfare state either,’ she wrote. ‘Strange.’
The conversation turned ugly when Lerner’s writing companion let loose first on conservatives.
‘Well, you should hear the whacko wing of the GOP,’ the person replied. ‘The US is through; too many foreigners sucking the teat; time to hunker down, buy ammo and food, and prepare for the end.’
‘The right wing radio shows are scary to listen to.’
‘Great,’ Lerner wrote back. ‘Maybe we are through if there are that many a**holes.’
‘And I’m talking about the hosts of the shows,’ came the reply. ‘The callers are rabid.’
In the final message of the exchange, Lerner wrote that ‘we don’t need to worry about [illegal] alien terrorists. It’s our own crazies that will take us down.’
Lerner’s visit to the UK coincided with a management shakeup at the IRS. On the day of the email exchange, then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman left office at the conclusion of his appointed term and deputy commissioner Steven Miller took over…
One wonders what radio shows Lerner and her lefty pal listened to. I doubt any. They seem to equate small government conservatives with racist, xenophobic survivalists.
It’s almost amusing, like watching children scare themselves with spooky stories. Except these “kids” had the power to stifle political speech and used it.