Former IRS official Lois Lerner sought refuge in a neighbor’s home after being confronted by a journalist asking questions about her role in targeting conservative groups.
Journalist Jason Mattera filmed the confrontation, which took place as Lerner was out walking her two dogs in Bethesda, Md.
“You didn’t hesitate to target conservatives, but you’re hesitating to speak. Why?” Mattera asked Lerner as he followed her to a neighbor’s doorstep.
“Any idea where those missing emails are?” Mattera pressed.
Lerner, who formerly headed the IRS department in charge of granting exemptions to non-profit groups, has been accused of unfairly targeting conservative groups in an attempt to withhold their tax-exempt status.
Some emails sent by Lerner have showed a derisive attitude towards conservatives. In one, she called conservatives “crazies” and “assholes.” (RELATED: Lois Lerner Called Conservatives ‘Assholes,’ Fantasized About Working At Obama Group)
During an investigation into her activities, important documents, such as Lerner’s emails, were destroyed or have disappeared without explanation.
“I’ve had surgery, can you wait?” a bewildered woman who answered the door told Lerner.
“You don’t feel bad that you were using the government as a weapon to crush political dissent?” Mattera pressed.
“Could you call the police, please?” Lerner asked the woman behind the door.
“You don’t like being targeted,” said Mattera, adding “It doesn’t feel good, huh?”
“These guys are the press, and they are not leaving me alone. I just want to come in for a second,” Lerner pleaded.
Moments later the woman’s husband showed up to confront Lerner and Mattera.
“What are you doing here?” the man asked.
“These guys are not leaving me alone. They’re from the press. They’re following me. I just want to go in your house for one second, please.”
The man was not having it.
“Out!” he commanded.
Lerner, who has invoked the Fifth Amendment in congressional hearings, has largely avoided interacting with the press. She sat for one interview with Politico last month. In the interview she proclaimed her innocence, saying “I didn’t do anything wrong.”