Savvy internet sleuths have exposed the email alias former Attorney General Loretta Lynch used to conduct official government business.
On Friday, the Department of Justice released 413 pages of emails to Judicial Watch and the American Center for Law and Justice related to lawsuits regarding Lynch’s controversial tarmac meeting with President Bill Clinton in June 2016. And buried in those emails was something interesting:
BREAKING: Did Loretta Lynch use an alias to communicate with DOJ officials and why? Who is Elizabeth Carlisle? Dear Internet, investigate! pic.twitter.com/oqngTKDhLY
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) August 5, 2017
The internet answered the call, and it was confirmed that the “Elizabeth Carlisle” pseudonym was indeed Lynch:
Lynch’s attorney, Robert Raben, confirmed to TheDC on Monday that Lynch emailed under that pseudonym. He pointed to an article published in The Hill last February in which the Justice Department acknowledged that Lynch was using an email handle that was not her given name.
“That address was and is known to the individuals who process [Freedom of Information Act] requests; the practice, similar to using initials or numbers in an email, helps guard against security risks and prevent inundation of mailboxes,” Raben said.
Lynch used the email alias to correspond with DoJ press officials to iron out media talking points in regards to the tarmac meeting:
Lynch is hardly the first Obama Administration official caught using an email alias. Her predecessor, Eric Holder, used the pseudonym “Lew Alcindor.” Former IRS official Lois Lerner sometimes used “Toby Miles.” And Lisa Jackson, the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, used the alias “Richard Windsor.”
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