As the result of an investigation launched into former Loretta Lynch, regarding a meeting she had with Bill Clinton on June 27, 2016, during her investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, the former attorney general’s alias email has been released to conservative group Judicial Watch and the American Center for Law and Justice.
Several of Lynch’s emails were included in the 413 pages of Justice Department (DOJ) documents released to the groups, in which she used the pseudonym, “Elizabeth Carlisle.” Using aliases is not illegal for top White House officials; Lynch’s predecessor, Eric Holder, used an alias, as well, but it can draw unwanted speculation.
Lynch’s attorney, Robert Raben, confirmed to The Daily Caller on Monday that the DOJ was aware of Lynch’s pen name and said it was standard security practice.
“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.
Where it gets murky is Lynch’s correspondence with her PR regarding her meeting with Clinton, which eventually led to her recusal from Hillary’s email investigation, although she insists she only talked about their grandchildren and other mundanities.
The alias was discovered by a couple of inquisitive Reddit users who support Trump and hypothesized that Lynch used her grandmother’s name.
In one email to “Elizabeth Carlisle,” Melanie Newman, the director of the DOJ’s public affairs office at the time, addressed “AG Lynch,” and a reply email from the account is signed “AG.”
See screen shots of some of the emails below, composed minutes after her meeting with Clinton.
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