Thursday, July 6, 2017

Is There Anybody in the Trump Administration Who Is NOT Involved in an Investigation?

“Wayne Tracker” cannot be forced to testify under oath. He does not exist.

But the man who used the “Tracker” alias, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, can be questioned — and is increasingly expected to be — as New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman expands his sweeping probe into whether Tillerson’s former employer, ExxonMobil, misled investors about the impact of climate change.


Schneiderman may have only just begun to use the power of his office, however, in an investigation that has already spanned roughly 18 months and forced Exxon to release roughly 3 million internal documents.


The New York attorney general’s office will depose nine Exxon witnesses in the coming weeks in a series of lower-level depositions in a chain that is ultimately expected to lead to Tillerson. The State Department declined to comment on Tillerson’s involvement in the Exxon probe. The secretary of state has retained a private attorney to represent him in the matter.


The confrontation could be several months or even years away, however.


Exxon earlier this year acknowledged that Tillerson used the “Wayne Tracker” alias during email communications. The company says the alias was created to help the former CEO avoid a flood of messages after environmental activists obtained his actual email address.

You can hide but you can't stay hidden.
Exxon officials testified that the company allowed several months of Tillerson’s emails to be deleted even after Schneiderman’s office flagged them for preservation.
Bad, bad Exxon.
Republican attorneys general in 12 states [...] filed a friend-of-the-court brief late last month in a related federal case brought by Exxon to try to block Schneiderman’s investigation. The state prosecutors, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, argue that the attorneys general in New York — and Massachusetts, which is also probing Exxon — are abusing their power to prove a political point about climate change.

With the blessing of a New York Supreme Court judge, Schneiderman’s investigation is progressing.

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