JUST IN: Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch has found herself in hot water after conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch discovered a massive secret she has been hiding.
Newly-obtained agency emails show that Lynch used a fake name to conduct official Department of Justice (DOJ) business during her time in Barack Obama’s administration. Lynch was able to get around public-records laws by using the alias Elizabeth Carlisle in emails she sent from her official DOJ account. In the records that were obtained by Judicial watch, the DOJ claimed that it is necessary to “protect her security and privacy and enable her to conduct Department business efficiently via email.”
However, this has raised the question of what other government officials use fake names and whether those aliases are searched when agencies process Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Judicial Watch has also discovered the use of such aliases among government operatives to conduct official business at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Obama’s EPA administrator Lisa Jackson infamously used the alias Richard Windsor in a government email account used to conduct official business and communicate with staff. Jackson went so far as to take the required EPA computer training under the fake identity with the handle Windsor.Richard@epa.gov.
Jackson was eventually forced to resign over the scandal caused by the alias, which brought to light the agency’s violations of federal open-records laws.
Lynch’s alias was discovered after Judicial Watch requested the records as part of an investigation into the Obama administration’s involvement in a United Nation’s international law enforcement coalition called Strong Cities Network (SCN), whose purported mission was to build social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism. Lynch called the SCN a “truly groundbreaking endeavor” and assured the notoriously corrupt United Nations that the Obama administration was deeply committed to the new initiative.
The government of the United States is fully invested in this collaborative approach and we have seen the value of empowering local communities by promoting initiatives they design and lead themselves,” Lynch said.
Judicial Watch has been trying to obtain documents related to the U.S.’s participation in SCN, but the DOJ claimed to have no records related to the coalition.
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