Hours After Being Hit With Major Scandal, Rex Tillerson Gets Terrible News
Earlier today, Political Dig reported that Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used a fake email account to discuss matters related to climate change and its potential impact on Exxon Mobil Corp. while he was the company’s CEO.
Now, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will seek to question top Exxon Mobil Corp. executives under oath as part of a probe into the accuracy of the company’s statements about climate change after discovering an email alias used by former Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson.
Tillerson used a secret email account at Exxon Mobil under the name “Wayne Tracker,” created for sending the most sensitive messages to and from company board members, including communications about the risks associated with climate change, Schneiderman said Monday.
Schneiderman requested all relevant documents, including Tillerson’s Wayne Tracker emails, as he “determines which witnesses to seek testimony from as the investigation proceeds to its next logical phase,” according to the filing. The existence of the secondary email account was discovered by Schneiderman’s team while reviewing other Exxon documents.
Exxon is seeking to derail probes by New York and Massachusetts into whether the company misled investors for years about the possible impact of climate change on its business.
Schneiderman said Exxon has been dragging its feet in turning over the documents, especially those from the company’s management committee. The probe was well underway before Tillerson departed Exxon on Jan. 1 after being tapped by President Donald Trump to be America’s top diplomat.
The discovery of the fake email address increases the likelihood that Tillerson will be among those questioned under oath in the case, according to Jon Barooshian, a former assistant district attorney in Massachusetts who’s a white-collar criminal defense lawyer with Bowditch & Dewey LLP in Boston.
“If I’m Eric Schneiderman and I know Tillerson failed to disclose the existence of the second email account, I’d want to know what else he failed to disclose,” Barooshian said. “He’ll want to get him in front of a court reporter under oath,” Barooshian said according to Bloomberg News.