(CNN) – The attorney for embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner said Sunday that Republicans are denigrating an innocent woman for purely political purposes.
In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Candy Crowley, attorney William Taylor said it’s “convenient” for the GOP to suggest that Lerner’s computer crash, which destroyed documents sought by a House Committee, means something “nefarious” was going on.
“This is election-year politics,” Taylor said on “State of the Union” in his first television appearance on the controversy.
“It’s convenient to have a demon that they can create and point to.”
An investigation that was initially focused on whether the IRS unfairly targeted certain political groups became more convoluted last week when the agency announced the destruction of Lerner’s e-mails – lost in an apparent hard drive crash.