The former attorney general Loretta Lynch went to great lengths to hide what was said at the suspicious tarmac meeting with the former President Bill Clinton.
The former FBI director, James Comey had said multiple times that she would not reveal the reason for the meeting.
Then it was just confirmed earlier this week that Lynch used a work alias “Elizabeth Carlisle.”
413 of the Department of Justice documents provided to the conservative watchdog groups Judicial Watch and the American Center for Law and Justice. Both had filed multiple Freedom of Information Act requests to get a hold of the documents.
So why the use of an alias? It’s not uncommon for officials to use a work alias, especially when they want their emails to be less detectable.
In June of 2016, a reporter in Phoenix reached out to the Justice Department about the infamous tarmac meeting between former president Bill Clinton and Lynch. Lynch was supposed to be overseeing the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of her private email server.
“The infamous tarmac meeting between President Clinton and AG Lynch is a vivid example of why many Americans believe the Obama administration’s criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton was rigged,” said Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch president in March of 2017. “Now it will be up to Attorney General Sessions at the Trump Justice Department to finally shed some light on this subversion of justice.”
The documents reveal that Lynch used the Elizabeth Carlisle alias to address the tarmac meeting.
“Internal DOJ emails show that the request touched off a mad-dash to develop talking points and statements to respond to the developing story,” writes The Daily Caller. “Lynch, using the Elizabeth Carlisle account, which was hosted on the Justice Department’s system, was also involved in those discussions.”
Lynch has said that Hillary Clinton’s email investigation was not a topic of discussion at the “coincidental” meeting. But according the reporter who witnessed the meeting, the 30-minute meeting was in fact planned.
“She, as a matter of fact, landed on time,” said Christopher Sign, the KNXV-TV anchor who broke the story on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor. “[Mr. Clinton] and his entourage were running late according to my sources. They then make the decision — ‘they’ meaning the former president’s team — they wait for her to land. She arrives. Some people step off of her plane. The former president steps into her plane. They then speak for 30 minutes — privately.”
Lynch’s attorney also defended the use of the alias.
“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,” said Robert Raben, Lynch’s attorney to The Daily Caller.
After the DOJ documents were released, the Carlisle emails were quickly discovered by Reddit users.
Other Obama administration officials’ aliases were revealed too, like Lois Lerner, the former IRS official had the alias “Toby Miles” and Eric Holder, the former attorney general had the alias “Lew Alcindor.”
Author’s note: Why use an alias? She obviously had something to hide. Maybe she even exposed classified information with this account? That’s why it’s important for groups like Judicial Watch to get these documents out for the public to investigate.
Editor’s note: I question both the integrity and the suitability of Lynch in the role of Attorney General. Lynch abandoned her post when it came to indicting Hillary Clinton, leaving it instead in the hands of her subordinate FBI Director James Comey. If she wanted to exonerate Clinton she should have done it herself.
By the way, using a “work alias” is not a secure means of communicating and certainly not suitable for transmitting classified information, or other sensitive information that foreign government might use as blackmail material (like this meeting). It may fool some unsophisticated competitors, but it will never fool professional intelligence officers, whose job it is to nail you to the wall.