Law­suit re­veals Lynch’s email alias

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Former At­tor­ney Gen­eral Loretta E. Lynch’s work alias — “El­iz­a­beth Carlisle” — was con­firmed Mon­day as a re­sult of mul­ti­ple Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act re­quests and per­sis­tent cit­i­zens.

The in­fa­mous elec­tion-sea­son tar­mac meet­ing be­tween former Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton and Ms. Lynch on June 27, 2016, sparked a wave of FOIA re­quests by Ju­di­cial Watch, the Amer­i­can Cen­ter for Law, and others.

Although the Jus­tice Depart­ment con­firmed in Fe­bru­ary 2016 that she some­times used a pseu­do­nym, the ex­act name was not ver­i­fied un­til

the re­lease of a re­port by The Daily Caller on Mon­day.

“The Carlisle emails were dis­cov­ered over the week­end by fol­low­ers of Red­dit ac­counts that sup­port Pres­i­dent Trump,” the web­site re­ported.

Crit­ics of the prac­tice al­lege that of­fi­cials use pseudonyms as a means of cam­ou­flag­ing cor­re­spon­dence from cit­i­zens and skirt­ing FOIA re­quests.

“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,” Ms. Lynch’s at­tor­ney, Robert Raben, told the Daily Caller.

The 30-minute meet­ing in Phoenix be­tween Ms. Lynch and Mr. Clin­ton came as the FBI was in­ves­ti­gat­ing Demo­crat pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Hil­lary Clin­ton’s de­ci­sion to use a se­cret email server while serv­ing as sec­re­tary of state.

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