Mar 14, 2017

Tillerson faces his own email controversy

Susan Walsh / AP

Back when he was Exxon's CEO, secretary of State Rex Tillerson apparently used an alias ("Wayne Tracker") in emails discussing climate change, according to Bloomberg, which cites a court filing from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is probing whether Exxon misled investors and the public about the effects of climate change on its business.

Why it matters: Basically anything involving a secretary of State and emails (think Hillary Clinton) is bound to attract interest. And if this story founds familiar ... years ago conservatives pilloried Obama's first EPA chief, Lisa Jackson, over her use of a secondary email account under the name "Richard Windsor."

Exxon fights back: In a late Monday statement, the company said Tillerson's main corporate address got tons of messages. The [email protected] address was used for "secure and expedited" communications on a "broad range" of business topics, not just climate change.

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