Shocking new emails released today by U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee 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.
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.’
Camp says this latest information further warrants his call for Attorney General Eric Holder to name a special counsel to investigate the IRS targeting scandal.
“This email shows that Ms. Lerner’s mistreatment of conservative groups was driven by her personal hostility toward conservatives,” Camp wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. ”This new evidence clearly demonstrates why Ms. Lerner not only targeted conservatives, but denied such groups their rights to due process and equal protection under the law.”
Camp’s letter recounted that his committee has found that Lerner personally directed the IRS to audit Crossroads GPS, the group run by Karl Rove, and hinted at seeking a job with Organizing For Action, the group aimed at helping to re-elect President Barack Obama.
Camp said all of this evidence combined shows that a special counsel is needed to investigate the IRS and Lois Lerner, who has refused to testify before Congress by pleading the Fifth Amendment.
Conservatives on Twitter made the point that the “missing emails” and “scratched hard drive” now seem more explainable.
Reading those Lerner emails, I can't imagine how her hard drives got accidently deleted…
— Matthew (@Matthops82) July 30, 2014
Lois Lerner sounds like that crazy aunt that sends everyone she's ever shared an email address with political cartoons and chain emails
— S.M (@redsteeze) July 30, 2014
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