Loretta Lynch used an alias when discussing the infamous tarmac meeting she had with former President Clinton last summer, according to official emails obtained by Judicial Watch.
Judicial Watch and American Center for Law and Justice investigated all 413 pages of documents provided to them by the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Freedom of Information Act. What they found is that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch used the alias “Elizabeth Carlisle” for official emails.
Elizabeth Carlisle is Lynch’s maternal grandmother’s name.
While investigating the documents, Judicial Watch and American Center for Law and Justice found numerous emails sent by an Elizabeth Carlisle, all of which reportedly had references to the attorney general.
The documents reveal that Loretta Lynch used the alias email account when she and her staffers were deciding how to respond to media requests about her tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton, which took place last summer.
In Senate testimony earlier this year, former FBI Director James Comey said the tarmac meeting was one reason he decided to update the public directly on the Clinton email investigation. To do so, he went around normal protocol which calls for him to report to Lynch directly.
During his testimony, Comey said Lynch had previously directed him not to call the Clinton probe an “investigation”, but instead to refer to it as “a matter.” He told the Senate committee that he was unsettled by her instructions.
Although Lynch has maintained she and Clinton did not discuss the investigation into his wife’s emails, and instead talked about inconsequential subjects such as grandchildren, she admits she “regrets” allowing the meeting to take place.
Lynch’s attorney, Robert Raben, said the Justice Department acknowledged in February 2016 that Lynch was using the Elizabeth Carlisle alias.
While using email aliases is not illegal, critics say Lynch’s use of an alias proves she was trying to hide wrong-doings.
Using aliases is nothing new, especially in the Obama administration. Among those known to use alias names were Lynch’s predecessor, Eric Holder (“Lew Alcindor”), and former IRS official Lois Lerner (“Toby Miles”).
The internet was full of questions after the alias was revealed. On Twitter, users accused Lynch of “trying to bury” the meeting with Clinton, and slammed “Obama’s ‘historic transparency’ legacy.”
Loretta Lynch Used an Email Alias While Trying to Bury Clinton Tarmac Meeting https://t.co/WZQZTb9RIr
— RedState (@RedState) August 7, 2017
Busted! Users on /pol/ discovered that Loretta Lynch may have used an alias when emailing: Elizabeth Carlisle.
FOIA Request has been filed. pic.twitter.com/hnZlPoP5qR
— /pol/ News Forever (@polNewsForever) August 4, 2017
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) August 7, 2017
Loretta Lynch’s alias for Clinton spin emails CEMENTS Obama’s ‘historic transparency’ legacy https://t.co/BFnAhQiO6n
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 7, 2017
Loretta Lynch Communicated With DOJ Officials Using Grandmother’s Name As Alias | Time to subpoena granny’s email https://t.co/auxDMhj0BR
— TheAmericanWorkplace (@WorkPlaceRpt) August 5, 2017
— Red Nation Rising (@RedNationRising) August 7, 2017
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