Sessions defends Lynch's use of an email pseudonym: 'I have a pseudonym'

Sessions defends Lynch's use of an email pseudonym: 'I have a pseudonym'
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Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSantorum: Mueller could avoid charges of McCarthyism by investigating DOJ, FBI 8,000 new ways the Trump administration is undermining immigration court independence Watergate's John Dean rips Trump: I doubt you have any idea what McGahn told Mueller MORE on Tuesday defended former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s use of an email pseudonym, saying that it’s common among Cabinet officials, including himself.

During a Senate hearing, Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzElection Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' GOP leader wants Twitter CEO to testify on ‘shadow banning’ Here's why social media users need a ‘bill of rights’ MORE (R-Fla.) asked Sessions whether he had recused himself from looking into Lynch’s use of the pseudonym "Elizabeth Carlisle” while in office.

“I would say in defense of Attorney General Lynch, I have a pseudonym also. I understand all cabinet officials do, and maybe some subcabinet officials do. She would probably have been following the advice of the Department of Justice,” Sessions said.

“I’m no longer interested in that,” Gaetz interjected, trying to move on. 

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It was revealed in August that Lynch used the name Elizabeth Carlisle as an alias for her official Justice Department email account.

It is not uncommon for Cabinet secretaries to use an email alias for security reasons, although the practice can make it more difficult for reporters to FOIA government documents.

Lynch’s predecessor, former Attorney General Eric Holder, used the alias “Lew Alcindor” — the birth name of basketball icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — for his emails.

The revelation of Lynch's pseudonym added to speculation and skepticism on the right that she may have interfered in the FBI's investigation of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonArizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist Santorum: Mueller could avoid charges of McCarthyism by investigating DOJ, FBI Giuliani claims McGahn was a 'strong witness' for Trump MORE's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of State.