What is so remarkable about this is that Lynch’s false-identity account wasn’t in use, and seemingly wasn’t even created—apparently this was a Department of Justice account (firstname.lastname@example.org)—until after the January 2013 CEI revelation about the then-Environmental Protection Agency Administrator's secret “Windsor” account. That showing led to widespread interest in the possibility that such stunts, which undermine recordkeeping and transparency laws, were pervasive, with the Associated Press surveying other agencies and revealing what the administration admitted to.
The Hill reported that then-White House spokesman Jay Carney “flatly denied” officials were using separate secret accounts to avoid public records requests—which we noted at the time was “outrageously false.”
Lynch was not appointed until April 2015, so this facial violation of the Federal Records Act—correspondence must identify the parties thereto, and there appears to be no tag-line telling the truth—was truly brazen.
Intriguing to CEI is what “Elizabeth Carlisle” emails exist with Sen. Sheldon "RICO the Skeptics!" Whitehouse, Lynch’s partner in a March 2016 colloquy at a hearing of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary addressing Justice Department operations. Responding to Sen. Whitehouse’s question about using the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, against political opponents of the ‘climate’ agenda, stated, AG Lynch stated: “This matter has been discussed. We have received information about it and have referred it to the FBI to consider whether or not it meets the criteria for which we could take action on.”
Today, CEI is sending a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Justice for all such correspondence. This could add a new twist to the already disturbing revelations about what was behind the state attorneys general scheming to use racketeering investigations of ‘climate’ agenda opponents (hint: donors, contingency-fee lawyers, and green-group activists)