President Joe Biden's use of email aliases during his time as vice president garnered headlines this past week, but as Breitbart reports, he was not the only member of former President Barack Obama's administration to use alternative messaging monikers for potentially questionable purposes, as Breitbart reports.
According to the outlet, at least six high-ranking Biden-era officials used email addresses apparently meant to disguise the identity of their true owner.
As Breitbart explains, during the Obama years, a significant number of notable individuals utilized email aliases, though their precise purposes for engaging in the practice remain unclear.
For instance, former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson was said to have gone by the name “Richard Windsor” in some of her communications, with some Republicans having argued that her motivation may have been to elude public records and transparency rules.
Furthermore, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch is known to have gone by the name “Elizabeth Carlisle, as did fellow former AG Eric Holder, who is said to have made use of no fewer than three aliases, including “Henry Yearwood” and “David Kendricks.”
Obama himself, as Politico reported at the time, had an account under the name of “Obama725” with which he was known to have communicated with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who also used alternate email names including “hdr11” and “hrod17.”
Of more timely concern, however, given current investigations about President Joe Biden's potential involvement in his son Hunter's foreign business entanglements, is the fact that while serving as vice president, the current commander-in-chief reportedly used at least three email aliases.
Going by “Robert Peters,” “Robin Ware,” and “JRB Ware,” Biden's email addresses were reportedly utilized to communicate about, among other things, a scheduled phone conference with then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
That fact has taken on increased significance, given that Poroshenko was responsible for firing a prosecutor who was probing Burisma Holdings, the energy firm on whose board Hunter Biden sat and from which he received large paychecks.
Joe Biden has been accused of threatening to withhold substantial American military aid funds from Ukraine if said prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, was not relieved of his duties, and according to reports, the infamous Hunter Biden laptop revealed 27 messages involving one his father's email aliases, prompting further questions about the pair's conduct during the elder Biden's vice-presidential tenure.
In light of Joe Biden's use of pseudonyms in email communications during the Obama years, House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) dispatched a letter last week to the National Archives seeking unredacted versions of messages sent by the current president in the relevant time frame, as The Hill reports.
Writing to archivist Colleen Shogan, the panel chair asked for any “document or communication in which a pseudonym for Vice President Joe Biden was included either as a sender, recipient, copied or was included in the contents of the document or communication, including but not limited to Robert Peters, Robin Ware, and JRB Ware.”
Comer also requested any “document or communication in which Hunter Biden, [former Hunter Biden associates] Eric Schwerin, or Devon Archer was included either as a sender, recipient, copied, or was included in the contents of the document or communication” and all “drafts from November 1, 2015, to December 9, 2015, of then-Vice President Biden's speech delivered to the Ukrainian Rada on December 9, 2015.”
In explaining the reasons behind his request, Comer said, “Joe Biden has stated there was 'an absolute wall' between his family's foreign business schemes and his duties as vice president, but evidence reveals that access was wide open for his family's influence peddling,” and whether the use of email pseudonyms will lead the lawmaker to additional evidence of wrongdoing, only time will tell.