Aliases in publications have been used for hundreds of years by writers and famous people alike.
Fanny Crosby wrote between 5,500-9,000 hymns under approximately 200 pen names.
Benjamin Franklin was the noted author of the famous Silence Dogood letters. And the list goes on.
In today’s world that features emails, many serving in major government positions in recent years have taken to using alias names as many note security concerns and spam to their official email accounts that are overwhelming their inboxes.
While the practice is not an illegal one, I argue that it gives these politicians a pathway around detection for possible inappropriate or illegal activity. At the very least, it gives the appearance of wrongdoing.
This past week, the Judicial Watch and American Center for Law and Justice obtained 413 pages of emails with the alias “Elizabeth Carlise.” This is not only the same name as a famous actress, it is the birth name of former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s maternal grandmother.
Reportedly, these emails include information relating to her controversial tarmac meeting last year with former President Bill Clinton that took place just a few days before Lynch formally cleared then presidential candidate and Bill’s wife, Hillary Clinton.
It was noted in a media report that Lynch used the alias to help in formulating responses to media requests about her meeting with the former president. The meeting, she has since been on record as to saying she regrets, took place while Hillary Clinton was still under criminal investigation.
She told CNN in December the she did “regret sitting down and having a conversation with him, because it did give people concern.” She also said her “greatest concern has always been making sure that people understand that the Department of Justice works in a way that is independent and looks at everybody equally.”
This is just one example of why I don’t think folks in these positions should be using pen names. It makes us citizens wonder what other things are being swept under the rug or are done as a work around from the American people.
Lynch’s predecessor Eric Holder used the alias “Lew Alcindor.”
I’m sure there are countless aliases being used in emails on both sides of the political aisle.
It’s no wonder many Americans don’t trust politicians and those serving in key governmental positions. Just how many more situations are out there like this one with Lynch? One can’t help but wonder…