Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified in front of a House committee and has been grilled about the 2016 election, Russia collusion, immigration, drug policies and much more. Here’s a roundup of this hearing that is heated.
When her successor stated he carries on her tradition of using a bogus name, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch picked up an unlikely defender on Tuesday.
Throughout his highly-anticipated testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was driven by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., over whether he had been recused from investigating a swath of issues –including “Elizabeth Carlisle,” Lynch’s email alter ego.
Lynch used the pseudonym for mails, including ones related to her now-infamous tarmac meeting in the summer of 2016 with former President Bill Clinton.
“I don’t believe so,” Sessions said to whether he had been recused from investigating that accounts. “I’d say that I have a pseudonym also.
“She probably followed the advice of the Department of Justice,&rdquo.
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Sessions, nevertheless, did not reveal his name.
Federal officials using aliases is neither prohibited nor new. Members of this Obama administration also used them.
Lynch Eric Holder’s predecessor and President Obama’s first attorney general, used “Lew Alcindor,” the prior title of NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Former IRS official Lois Lerner used the alias “Toby Miles. ”
Lynch’s pseudonym has been revealed when pages of Justice Department records were provided to watchdog groups Judicial Watch and American Center for Law and Justice this summer.
Lynch’s lawyer, Robert Raben, stated this summer that the Justice Department acknowledged in February 2016 that Lynch was utilizing the “Elizabeth Carlisle” alias.
The mails were provided to the watchdog groups in relation to their lawsuits seeking advice about Lynch’s June 27, 2016 meeting with President Clinton, which came under scrutiny. The meeting came amid former FBI Director James Comey’s investigation into whether Hillary Clinton had revealed classified information when using a personal email server as secretary of state.
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Comey himself had an internet alias, begging beneath the title “Reinhold Niebuhr” during at least aspect of his period as FBI director. He started tweeting under his name, and came blank.
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