Hey! Remember when we were told that this was going to be the most transparent administration, ever? That was funny.
It turns out that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Lisa Jackson, has been doing business with secret email accounts in order to try to hide her correspondences from government requests. Republicans in Congress are now demanding answers.
Via the Hill
Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and vocal critical of the administration’s environmental policies, claimed earlier this month that, while researching a book, he discovered evidence that Jackson was using alias email accounts, including one under the name “Richard Windsor.”
“The use of these accounts could seriously impair records collection, preservation, and access, therefore compromising transparency and oversight,” the Republicans wrote in a letter to Jackson.
The lawmakers demanded that Jackson turn over all records related to “Richard Windsor” and all other aliases used by senior EPA officials.
They also sent letters to other top officials demanding information about the administration’s record-keeping policies. They gave Jackson and the other officials until the end of the month to respond.
The letters were signed by GOP Reps. Ralph Hall (Texas), Jim Sensenbrenner (Wis.), Lamar Smith (Texas), Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.), Paul Broun (Ga.) and Andy Harris (Md.).
The EPA did not return a request to comment.