Emails show Lerner dissing conservatives
July 30th, 2014
02:31 PM ET
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Emails show Lerner dissing conservatives

(CNN) – Conservative Republicans have been pretty tough on Lois Lerner over the IRS targeting scandal.

And now, it appears, the former tax official at the center of the controversy, was none too fond of a particular brand of conservatives, either.

An email exchange released by a Republican-led House committee investigating scrutiny by Lerner’s unit of GOP political groups seeking tax-exempt status suggest she’s no fan of conservative talk radio.

“Well, you should hear the whacko wing of the GOP … The right-wing radio shows are scary to listen to,” read an email to Lerner from an unidentified sender in November 2012 as Congress was probing the matter.

“Great. Maybe we are through if there are that many a**holes,” Lerner replies.

“And I’m talking about the hosts of the shows. The callers are rabid,” another email to Lerner, apparently from the same person, shows.

“So we don’t need to worry about alien terrorists. It’s our own crazies that will take us down,” Lerner responds.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, whose panel is looking into the IRS matter, said on Wednesday in a letter to the Justice Department that the example on Lerner’s official IRS email account demonstrates bias.

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The email exchange “directly demonstrates Ms. Lerner’s deep animus towards conservatives,” the Michigan Republican wrote.

Lerner resigned last year from the IRS and has so far refused to testify to Congress about the scandal that Republicans are aggressively investigating and Democrats call political overkill.

Her lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment about the emails.

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The IRS saga has intensified in recent weeks over controversy around other Lerner emails Republicans want to see as part of their probe but the IRS says were lost in the crash of her work computer’s hard drive.

CNN's Sean Kennedy contributed to this report.

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Filed under: Dave Camp • House Republicans • IRS • Tea Party
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Lonesome Eagle

    By any measure, calling someone who has a different political or social perspective an a**hole is hate speech. Just ask the President.

    July 30, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Chris..E.Al

    BREAKING NEWS . Obama agrees to resupply Israel with ammo to fight terror . :+)

    July 30, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Sniffit says:
    July 30, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm
    “When that opinion is voiced while acting on behalf of the federal government using federal government resources, it’s against the law”

    Not true, but it certainly might be interpreted as evidence that SHE acted with unlawful intent in running the department. It’s not in any way, shape or form evidence or proof that Obama was involved at all. In fact, if she held such personal animus towards radicalized conservatives, it’s quite suggestive of the fact that she acted alone.

    That's exactly how it seems to me. I can't wait to see Issa's crap backfire on him.

    July 30, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    The only thing that these emails might show is that Lerner appears to have been highly motivated to act on her own, in a misguided effort to perhaps save the Republican party from being overrun by anarchistic regressives. They have been complaining that the alleged discrimination was focused on TEA Party groups, not mainstream groups.

    July 30, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Rich

    Stop! This is not the fault of democrats, republicans, Bush or Obama, this is the fault of the entire US government for allowing the IRS to continue to exist. They need to be eliminated. They are a blotted beast that should never have been created in the first place (along with the Federal Reserve). All they do is waste money and go after the little guy. Just look back in history before the IRS and you will see that we do not need them, we never did. They were created to get blood from a stone and drain the hard working American of all their money. Ask the IRS about who's money it is and they will tell you it is theirs' and they are letting us have some.

    Too bad that guy a few years back did not use a bigger plan and fly it in to the MAIN office and take these clowns out!

    July 30, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. rs

    Do the Republicans really want to make this an issue? After several years of exposure to the TEA Party (Tax Evading Anarchists), calling them what she did is pretty tame- and still cleaner language than Mr. Issa uses in the course of the day. I think the sane among us have used far, far worse. In the end it still neither erases or negates that the TEA Parties got their tax exempt status, and that Ms. Lerner is a Republican, appointed by a Republican.

    July 30, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. OBAMA - THE OPEN BORDERS PRESIDENT

    She sounds just as crazy as the people she is accusing of being unhinged. Of course with all this Obama promised a full investigation and they have stonewalled, ignored, and obstructed ever since. This is a clear example of government targeting based on political ideology and until someone goes to jail and changes are made to make sure it never happens again then the investigation should continue.

    July 30, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. rs

    Fair is Fair

    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    She's telling the truth. The Tea Party has turned the once Grand Old Party into a laughing stock. Isn't she allowed an opinion? I didn't know having them was against the law. Unless they are negative towards Democrats, then they're fine.
    ----
    Of course she's allowed to have an opinion. When that opinion is voiced while acting on behalf of the federal government using federal government resources, it's against the law... and shows a propensity of behavior to use her position to unjustly attack the foils of her opion, which is criminal. On whose behest is the only question.
    ____________________
    But Fair, really, the TEA Parties that filed for 501 (c) 4 status got it. They weren't denied anything, they got the tax exempt status they sought, and all they had to do was answer a simple 4 question form (that all applicants have to fill out). Please point out what law she broke, or what crime she committed. So she called them names- you aren't going to play like the GOP or the TEA Party never said anything bad about the Left or the sitting President of the United States are you?

    July 30, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. anthony78

    So wheres the smoking gun about Obama's involvement? If Obama is so "dumb" according to all these Republicans, wheres the brainless bread trail someone of his "incompetence" would have surely left behind?
    Because all these emails now show is that Lerner (alone) did not like Republicans and acted out of her own malice. Im fine with throwing the book at her, but the Obama+IRS witch hunt needs to stop.

    July 30, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. nobikiniatoll

    "House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, whose panel is looking into the IRS matter, said on Wednesday in a letter to the Justice Department that the example on Lerner’s official IRS email account demonstrates bias."

    Or accurate observation.

    July 30, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Rich wrote:

    Stop! This is not the fault of democrats, republicans, Bush or Obama, this is the fault of the entire US government for allowing the IRS to continue to exist. They need to be eliminated. ... ... ...
    -----------------------------
    Dude, if you want to give modern technology, and go live off the grid in the backwoods somewhere, be my guest. No one is going to stop you. Shucks, you can build yourself a cabin, work some farmland, and hunt your own dinner. You won't have to pay any taxes or anything because everything you do is bartered between you and yourself.

    You are free go and be free, my friend. Just don't insist on taking everyone else with you to live out your vision of freedom.

    July 30, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Just look back in history before the IRS and you will see that we do not need them, we never did"

    I see. Because something something nothing is different now than it was in the early 1800's?

    You sure used a lot of wrong letters and extra spaces to misspell "derp."

    July 30, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Toomuch

    This woman makes my skin crawl. And the fact that she is getting a pension paid for by us makes me sick...

    July 30, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. lgm

    They should throw Lerner in jail and take away all her gov pension money & salary. Don't let her out till she talks. Ok Obama, not even a smidgen of wrong-doing?? Seriously, this guy is the worst president America has ever seen!

    July 30, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. PaulCat

    If the truth hurts.................

    July 30, 2014 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. bobo

    Retracted email from Obama states he told learner to rein in Conservative groups.......

    July 30, 2014 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    Oh please who doesn't. The teaklans are the worst group of politicians to ever assemble to run the country.
    Their hatred of the President and the country (it can't be one or the other) is disgusting just like they are.

    July 30, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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