Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch used the alias “Elizabeth Carlisle” for official emails as AG, including those related to her controversial tarmac meeting last summer in Phoenix with former President Bill Clinton.
These emails were included in 413 pages of Justice Department documents that were provided to conservative watchdog groups American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and Judicial Watch. While it’s not illegal or new that top federal officials use email aliases, this revelation represents another suspicious chapter of an infamous case that happened during the FBI investigation against the then-presidential candidate, and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
In addition to Lynch, others in the former Obama administration also used aliases, arguing spam and security concerns to their official email addresses swamping their in-boxes. For example, Lynch’s predecessor Eric Holder used the alias “Lew Alcindor,” which was the former name of retired NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
In addition, former IRS official Lois Lerner, who was at the center of the agency’s targeting of conservative organizations that were seeking tax-exempt status, also had an alias. This one was “Toby Miles.” Also, the former administration of the Environmental Protection Agency Lisa Jackson infamously used the alias “Richard Windsor” in order to conduct work business.
Nevertheless, critics of the practice argue that these kinds of aliases can eventually result in some requested emails to and from officials going undetected. The document shows that Lynch used her alias in order to help craft responses to media requests about the controversial meeting with the former president.
Although it remains unclear why Lynch decided to use this alias, some internet sleuths assure Elizabeth Carlisle is the birth name of her maternal grandmother. However, there’s an actress who has done a number of sultry roles including “tipsy” and “prostitute” and also has that name.
The Lynch documents were given to the groups in connection with lawsuits seeking information about the infamous meeting on the tarmac of a Phoenix airport at June 27, 2016. This meeting came amid an FBI investigation into whether the then Democratic presidential nominee had revealed any kind of classified information when using the private email servers while she was in her role as secretary of state.
Just a week later, then-FBI Director James Comey recommended the Justice Department not pursue criminal charges, but concluded the case by saying that Hillary Clinton was “extremely careless.”
Earlier this year, Comey said in Senate testimony that the meeting was definitely a “deciding factor” in his decision to act by himself to update the public on the investigation. Additionally, he revealed that the former AG directed him to call the investigation “a matter,” being quite disturbing considering that experts believe this was helpful for Hillary Clinton in maintaining her popularity during the campaign.
As many news outlets have revealed, former President Bill Clinton left his private plane and boarded Lynch’s uninvited. The former AG said in the aftermath that they only talked about grandchildren and other matters, but that the investigation against his wife was not discussed at any moment. Nevertheless, Lynch later said she deeply “regrets” having allowed that meeting.
According to The Daily Caller, her attorney Robert Raben told that Justice Department staffers who process Freedom of Information Act requests are very aware of the alias. Additionally, Raben told that the agency acknowledged back in February last year that the former AG was using the Elizabeth Carlisle alias.
Apparently, followers of Reddit accounts that support President Donald Trump discovered Carlisle emails over the weekend. In one particular email that was sent just a couple of minutes after ABC News inquired about the tarmac meeting, director of DOJ’s public affairs office at the time Melanie Newman wrote an email to Carlisle account that she addressed to “AG Lynch.”
Why did Loretta Lynch choose ‘Elizabeth Carlisle’ as an alias when ‘Loretta Lynn’ would have been much more fun? pic.twitter.com/shVkO7TNzM
— Disco Superboogie™ (@disco_plushTV) 8 de agosto de 2017
Lynch responded to Newman and some other DOJ officials later in the day, thanking everyone who worked on this. The replies were ended with the initials “AG.” Using that account, Lynch was involved in some other email exchanges discussing talking points or drafts regarding her interaction with the former president.
On June 29, Newman sent an email to the account with a greeting for “AG Lynch” once again, containing TV clips of news coverage of the controversial airport encounter with the Democrat politician.
In addition to these details, the batch of documents released by the ACLJ revealed that reporters from the Washington Post and The New York Times were initially reluctant to cover the airplane meeting, showing the bias that these media outlets had with this.