By Karen Freifeld
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York State judge ordered ExxonMobil (NYSE 🙂 Corp on Wednesday to work with the New York attorney general to recover lost emails from an account once used by the Secretary of State for United States. United, Rex Tillerson, when he was a director of the oil company. executive.
Justice Barry Ostrager of the State Supreme Court in Manhattan also ordered Exxon before March 31 to turn over documents from its management committee that had been subpoenaed by Eric Schneiderman, the attorney general.
Schneiderman had issued the subpoena in November, in connection with his investigation into whether Exxon misled investors and the public about climate change.
In a court hearing Wednesday, an attorney for the attorney general said Exxon had just made an “explosive” disclosure that it had lost a year of emails from an account that Tillerson had used, but under the alias “Wayne Tracker.” Tillerson used the alias account to send and receive information on climate change and other matters, Schneiderman said in a letter to the court on March 13.
Schneiderman said Exxon did not disclose the “Wayne Tracker” account and that it had been discovered during the review of other materials.
The letter also said that Exxon had submitted 60 documents with the “Wayne Tracker” email, but had not said that the account was from Tillerson.
Exxon responded that the account was correct, allowing Tillerson to easily communicate with other Exxon officials, and set it up due to the flood of emails Tillerson already received.
He has also said that he does not consider the lost emails important and that copies of many have already been delivered to the attorney general.
In December, Tillerson left Exxon, where he had also been president, and resigned as president of the American Petroleum Institute trade group.
The discovery of Tillerson’s account came after revelations that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and current Vice President Mike Pence, when he was governor of Indiana, had used previously undisclosed accounts to send and receive email.
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