Lois Lerner says she is no Jeffrey Dahmer.
The former Internal Revenue Service official referenced the infamous cannibalistic serial killer as she broke her silence for the first time about last year’s IRS scandal.
Lerner told the website Politico that she has been the recipient of threats and hate mail, describing how one person called her “the worst person ever in the United States.”
“I just thought, ‘Boy, worse than Jeffrey Dahmer?’” Lerner quipped.
Lerner, who led the tax-exempt division of the IRS, was forced out of the agency after she found herself at the center of the scandal over the agency’s targeting of conservative groups for special review in their applications for non-profit status.
In May, the House of Representatives held Lerner in contempt for refusing to testify about her role in the scandal after telling Congress she was innocent of wrongdoing.
During the interview with Politico, Lerner was still defiant: “I didn’t do anything wrong. I’m proud of my career and the job I did for this country.”
Added Lerner: “Regardless of whatever else happens, I know I did the best I could under the circumstances and am not sorry for anything I did.”