Lois Lerner, the former director of the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organizations unit, referred to “crazies” and “---holes” in an email exchange uncovered by Republican lawmakers on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.

The committee and others in Congress have been investigating the actions of Lerner’s former unit, which was in charge of reviewing the applications from organizations applying for tax-exempt status. Lerner admitted in a speech last year that the unit had used inappropriate terms such as “Tea Party” and “Patriot” to filter through the applications in an effort to identify political organizations for further scrutiny.

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