An email exchange between former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and another unamed person in which Lerner branded conservatives "crazies" and other derogatory names is more evidence of Lerner’s contempt for Republicans, Washington attorney Cleta Mitchell said Friday on Newsmax TV
’s "America’s Forum."
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"We've always known Lois Lerner was biased against conservatives and against Republicans," Mitchell said.
The emails, Mitchell said, confirm that Lerner "rather than being an unbiased, neutral, non-partisan person, she had an agenda, and has always had an agenda, and it included being hostile to conservatives and you see her attitude toward conservative groups."
Lerner, who headed the division that reviews the applications groups seeking tax exempt status, resigned from the agency last year after it was revealed that extra scrutiny and stall tactics were employed against tea party-affiliated organizations.
were purportedly lost when her computer’s hard drive crashed. A Congressional committee was informed of the lost emails days after issuing a subpoena for Lerner's computer and emails.
According to Mitchell, the recently released emails prove that Lerner deliberately targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny.
"Imagine that for 27 months these groups' applications – every IRS agent was instructed that if any of these types of entities came through with an application they were to be quarantined, literally sent to a special unit in Cincinnati where they sat there awaiting instructions from Washington," she said.
Further bolstering the case against Lerner, Mitchell said, are "oppressive, burdensome, intrusive" questionnaires the groups received as part of their application process, requesting such unusual information about what the groups did, who was speaking, and seeking transcripts of speeches given by candidates and elected officials."
The Justice Department needs to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Lerner, Mitchell said.
"The Justice Department is a witness," she said. "Lois Lerner had gone to the Justice Department and the Office of Public Integrity had turned over a database of 12,000 conservative citizens groups to see if there was a way they could construct criminal prosecutions against these groups. Now the Office of Public Integrity is supposed to be investigating Lois Lerner. That's a conflict of interest because we want to know more about what public integrity was doing."
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