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Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner called conservatives 'crazies'

By Stephen Ohlemacher

WASHINGTON (AP) - A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called conservative Republicans "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday.

Lois Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status. In a series of emails with a colleague in November 2012, Lerner made two disparaging remarks about members of the GOP, including one remark that was profane.

New Lois Lerner Emails Refer To GOP As 'Crazies'

Rep. Dave Camp, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, released the emails Wednesday as part of his committee's investigation. The Michigan Republican says the emails show Lerner's "disgust with conservatives."

In one email, Lerner called members of the GOP crazies. In the other, she called them "assholes." The committee redacted the wording to "_holes" in the material it released publicly but a committee spokeswoman confirmed to the AP that the email said "assholes."

Congress and the Justice Department are investigating whether the IRS improperly scrutinized applications for tax-exempt status from conservative groups.

Camp sent copies of the emails to the Justice Department, saying they provide further proof that Lerner willfully targeted conservatives.

Lerner has since retired from the agency. Her lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Lerner has emerged as a central figure in several congressional investigations into the IRS' handling of applications for tax-exempt status by tea party and other conservative groups. Twice Lerner refused to answer questions at congressional hearings, invoking her constitutional right against self-incrimination.

In June, the IRS told Congress that an untold number of Lerner's emails were lost when her computer hard drive crashed in 2011.

In the newly released emails, Lerner was apparently traveling in Great Britain when she uses her Blackberry to send a series of emails to a colleague at the IRS. Camp said Lerner was using her government email account.

Lerner tells 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."

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Pat July 30 2014 at 2:01 PM

bring her sorry lying azz in, put her under oath, and then SLAP the cuffs on her and send her packing to jail !!!

end of story ...

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damtaxes7 July 30 2014 at 2:01 PM

I think her accounting of the Repugs is spot on. Way to go Lois!

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dsnj71 July 30 2014 at 2:01 PM

she is such a disgusting, lying, brown nosed, pig! i hope she rots in jail

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kingmjl2 July 30 2014 at 2:02 PM

She belongs in Jail.

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mgt0331 July 30 2014 at 2:02 PM

If this POS did that to a Democrat, the world would have come to an end. This broad and all associated with this criminal activity should be hung in Times Square. Absolutely ridiculous. Can't wait for 2016. Anyone but Obama and his cronies.

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CoolRep July 30 2014 at 2:05 PM

what do you expect, this is normal for a liberal. They say fairness is only way to be but that just means for the left, same with freedom of speech and anything else. Pitiful

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nnojr July 30 2014 at 2:02 PM

Is that it, Really, that's it, that's all, Hell the GOP does worse than that on a daily basis to the President!!!!
How many millions in hearings, committees and lawyers have the GOP wasted to just get that????? What BS!

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chrissf4529 July 30 2014 at 2:02 PM

We are in a frightening time politically. Both party's propagate 'They are the only valid opinion, and all others are wrong..." I fear any government or political party that believes there are no other valid ideas.

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HiBarbRayAndMeg July 30 2014 at 2:02 PM

Crazy is a polite word for cons... I have a few of my own that are more accurate.

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smaxson5 July 30 2014 at 2:02 PM

our whole government is in need of a complete overhaul. Next election vote none of the above and lets sweep them all out of office.

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