Attorney claims EPA chief resigned over alias email accounts
By Judson Berger
Published December 27, 2012
A Washington attorney suing the Obama administration for access to alias emails sent by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson claims that a recent decision by the Justice Department to release thousands of those emails next month contributed to her resigning Thursday.
Jackson, in a brief written statement, said Thursday she is leaving the EPA after four years on the job, for “new challenges, time with my family and new opportunities to make a difference.”
The agency did not offer an explanation. But Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said the scrutiny over the alias emails is clearly a factor.
“Life’s full of coincidences, but this is too many,” he told FoxNews.com. “She had no choice.”
Horner and CEI earlier this year had sued the EPA for documents pertaining to Jackson’s use of alias email accounts. …
Politics: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced Thursday she’s leaving her post. Is she getting out just ahead of an investigation into the illegal use of private emails for official government business?
Federal law bars government employees from using private email accounts for official communications unless the emails are appropriately stored and can be tracked. The objective is to ensure open government.
Apparently, though, Jackson would prefer to work in the shadows outside the disinfecting light.
Suspicions led the Environmental Protection Agency inspector general to launch a probe into Jackson’s email use and prompted at least two congressional committees to dig around as well.
What we now know is that Arvin Ganesan, EPA associate administrator for congressional and intergovernmental affairs, confirmed to six interested House members on Dec. 12 that Jackson did indeed use the name “Richard Windsor” in secret email exchanges on a private account.
Just in case it isn’t completely clear in the articles, this is speculative, an inference drawn from the timings of the resignation and the Justice Department’s decision to release the emails (under court pressure). I think the inference quite reasonable.