Lois Lerner, accused of using her office to attack conservative organizations, has taken the Fifth and is being protected by the Department of Justice and the White House in the IRS targeting scandal. Our president is on the record as saying there was not a “smidgeon” of corruption in the IRS scandal.
Lerner was supposed to be nonpartisan while she served in her position as the head of the tax-exempt office but all evidence indicates she was not. Emails just released show she has a hatred for the right-wing of the GOP.
In one email, Lerner called members of the GOP crazies. In the other, she called them “assholes.”
In the newly released emails, Lerner was apparently traveling in Great Britain when she used her Blackberry to send a series of emails to a colleague at the IRS.
Camp said Lerner was using her government email account.
Lerner told her colleague that she overheard some women say America was bankrupt and “going down the tubes.”
“Well, you should hear the whacko wing of the GOP,” replied her colleague, whose name is blacked out. “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.”
Lerner replies: “Great. Maybe we are through if there are that many assholes.”
Her colleague replies: “And I’m talking about the hosts of the shows. The callers are rabid.”
Lerner: “So we don’t need to worry about alien teRrorists. It’s our own crazies that will take us down.”
House Ways and Means Chair Dave Camp, citing the new evidence, sent a letter to Eric Holder stating, “Despite the serious investigation and evidence this Committee has undertaken into the IRS’s targeting of individuals for their beliefs, there is no indication that DOJ is taking this matter seriously. In light of this new information, I hope DOJ will aggressively pursue this case and finally appoint a special counsel, so the full truth can be revealed and justice is served.”
The Committee, according to Camp, “also found that Lerner used her personal email for official business, including confidential return information. The Committee believed that further investigation, using resources available to the Department of Justice, could reveal whether there was unauthorized disclosure of taxpayer information in violation of the law. A newly discovered email from February 22, 2012 shows an exchange between Ms. Lerner and an IRS IT professional regarding a “Virus on Home PC.” In the exchange, Ms. Lerner indicates that she kept work information on her home computer, some of which may have been lost. She further states that her computer may have been “simply hacked because my password was too simple.” This exchange further raises concerns that taxpayer information may have been leaked.”
The full letter can be read here.