EPA Chief Steps Down After Secret Email Account is Exposed

EPA Chief Lisa Jackson is resigning as an investigation begins into her use of a secret email account under the name “Richard Windsor” to avoid transparency and accountability.

After years of whispers that EPA officials frequently used private email addresses, fake names and coded messages to circumvent the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Jackson admitted recently to using “Richard Windsor” as her chosen nom de plume on a government email account.

That was her choice because it reminded her of a much beloved family pet, she claimed.

In the middle of December an investigation began into Lisa Jackson\Richard Windsor’s misconduct.

“Our objective is to determine whether EPA follows applicable laws and regulations when using private and alias email accounts to conduct official business,” assistant inspector general Melissa Heist wrote to the EPA on December 13, 2012, in announcing that an investigation was under way.

House Energy and Commerce Committee investigators asked a similar question. “We seek to understand whether conducting business with an alias has in any way affected the transparency of the agency’s activities or the quality or completeness of information provided to the Committee.”

The EPA says there is nothing to worry about. “We said three weeks ago that we welcome any investigation,” an agency spokesperson told Politico, promising to cooperate with the investigation.

That was on the 18th. Ten days later, Lisa Jackson and Richard Windsor and any of the other people living in her head have left the building.

“I will leave the EPA confident the ship is sailing in the right direction, and ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family and new opportunities to make a difference,” she said in a statement.

Probably not the right metaphor. The EPA hates ships almost as much as it hates cars and factories. And people. And following the law.

And Obama Inc. loses another stooge.

  • http://twitter.com/USnavy1967 @USnavy1967

    There is a saying if your incompetent surround your self with competent people. It seems this administration has surrounded itself with incompetent people as well as their boss.

    • Capt_Z1

      You are sooooo right. Heck, he picked the stupidest man in America as his vice president.
      Talk about dumb and dummer.

      • kafir4life

        Second stupidest. You don't give President Stinky (BO) enough credit.

  • Johnconrad

    Another will rise to take her place. We'll never run out of zealous self-righteous goofs.

  • RedWhiteAndJew

    Move along people. Nothing to see. Here, have an 0bamaphone.

  • Raymond in DC

    Is she really *really* leaving, or like the folks at the State Department "dismissed" over Benghazi just taking up another post? Even if she really leaves there's nothing short of criminal charges that prevent her from doing high-priced work as a "consultant" or contractor for the EPA.

  • figmentNewton

    Resigning over the investigation of her secret email account? and why is this? it’s not like there is a huge media outcry over this injustice (sarc) or anyone other then people who get their news on the interwebz (instead of pravda) know about it. or care what the EPA does to cripple our economy and business.

    • http://imataxpayertoo.wordpress.com kathy

      This does seem rather strange that she is voluntarily resigning over a secret email account?…perhaps she just got a much better offer. This administration does not seem to be bothered by such "trivial"(in their opinion), secretive, and illegal matters such as this. There are so many more bigger matters that are simply brushed aside, "nothing to see here"…such as Benghazi, Fast and Furious, with illegal gunrunning killing American citizens, etc. The crimes in this administration are piling up…be sure they will be paid for…if not in this life, surely the next.

  • JacksonPearson

    The EPA is another damaging agency that need be dismantled, and chucked into the trash bin.

  • Thomas Wells

    A rat leaving the Titanic.

  • Edward Cline

    You really can’t imagine the crud and glop that passes for these people’s minds. I’m guessing that her “official” EPA email account and her “secret” one were being paid for by us. But, Jeez, wasn’t she allowed to have her own private hotmail or gmail account? Not that I give a damn whether or not she could, given government employee rules (whatever they may be). Well, she’s done her damage, a lot of it, such as vetting that rotgut new gasoline, E15, to be sold to Americans so it can destroy their engines and corrode their fuel lines. E15 is 85 percent corn or ethanol, and only 15 percent gas. Guess few Americans realized their cars could run on IHOP pancake syrup. But, that’s okay with Lisa the Moocher.

    • Rifleman

      Fire Safety obviously isn't a concern either, running that much alcohol. Using perfectly good food for fuel is stupid, in my opinion.

  • Tim Wilson

    Don't worry. In this rogue regime no one who supports Obama, the chief rogue, gets punished. Example: the State Department employees who did a sham resignation. Example: the Black Panthers in Philadelphia who intimidated and harassed voters.

  • JCS

    This administration is like the hydra of Greek Mythology. Cut off one head and two grow back, each as obnoxious as the last. Thankyou mainstream media for foisting this atrocity on us again.

  • Rifleman

    Discredited democrats move laterally or lay back until most people forget. If she were a GOP EPA head, the dp/msm would be screaming bloody murder and demanding her prosecution for deliberately evading oversight protocols, demands for a review of every regulatory change made under her, and we'd be getting unflattering excerpts of the e-mails by now.

  • Ray

    I don't think I'm in Kansas anymore ToTo.