Senate Environment and Public Works Committee ranking minority member David Vitter of Louisiana smells something “fishy” with the Environmental Protection Agency’s claim that it redacted names on “Richard Windsor” emails it made public yesterday in order to protect privacy.
“This strikes me as incredibly fishy and begs a number of important questions,” Vitter said. “The EPA needs to honor the president’s pledge of transparency and release these documents without redaction of the Administrator’s email address – a big first step toward removing the blanket of secrecy in this agency.”
Vitter was referring to Monday’s posting by EPA of a redacted email address used by outgoing Administrator Lisa Jackson in connection with a federal Freedom of Information Act lawsuit concerning her use of the non de plume “Richard Windsor” in a government email account. It is illegal for government officials to use fake names in emails discussing official business.