Obama Admin Hiding Emails Again

Keeping public and media off the paper trail

We all know about Hillary Clinton's secret and private home brew email server but it turns out, another top Obama admin officials also tried to skirt public scrutiny of his email by using an alias reports Vice News:

Former US Attorney General Eric Holder is a huge fan of NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

So much so that Holder used Abdul-Jabbar's birth name, Lew Alcindor, as an alias for his official Department of Justice (DOJ) email account, raising more questions about the email practices of top Obama administration officials, and about the ability of US government agencies to track down correspondence in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

While Clinton decided not to use a government email address at all and then later said she would decide what documents the public could see, Holder's use of an alias simply makes it more difficult to track his correspondence.

It had been known that Holder had used aliases related to people who were deceased but not those related to a living person:

Last March, a week after the New York Times revealed that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton exclusively used a private email account to conduct official business while she was Secretary of State, Holder's chief spokesman, Brian Fallon, disclosed that his boss had used three different aliases — all of which had a usdoj.gov domain — during his tenure as the nation's top law enforcement official.  

While government officials will often cite spam or a deluge of emails from the public for using aliases, the law requires that correspondence for top office holders be made available to the public through freedom of information requests. 

Using the name of someone else effectively blocks the public from being able to access, and therefore scrutinize the correspondence of high level public servants.