Exxon says it "lost" Rex Tillerson's alias emails

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The emails in question belonged to "Wayne Tracker", the alias used by former Exxon CEO and current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to privately communicate from 2008 to 2015 with Exxon officials on the effects of climate change, so they're clearly relevant to the investigation.

Schneiderman had subpoenaed Exxon as part of a probe into whether the company had misled the public and its investors about climate change.

Mr. Tillerson was the only custodian who used a secondary account, and ExxonMobil is aware of no email account, other than the Wayne Tracker account, for which this issue has arisen.

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Attorneys for Exxon wrote a letter to the court on Tuesday - highlighted by Buzzfeed's Mike Hayes - describing how the emails were lost. Exxon attempted to downplay the significance of the alleged loss but Schneiderman's team called it a "bombshell" according to the Journal's report. The emails, ranging from September 5, 2014, to September 16, 2015, were classified by Exxon's system as non-personal and were wiped.

Schneiderman's letter went on to request that the judge in the case order Exxon to explain whether the emails sent and received by Tillerson and other company executives using alias email accounts were preserved.

The missing emails were raised by Schneiderman's legal team at a hearing in NY state court Wednesday as part of their request for Exxon to turn over emails from the alias account and produce more management documents from dozens of other sources.

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The ruling requires the company to provide some documents by March 31. The subpoena also seeks to recover documents that may have been destroyed by the company.

Both parties agreed to discuss possible ways, if any, to recover emails that may have been lost.

Justice Barry Ostrager ordered that Exxon submits sworn statements and documents from employees responsible for preserving the "Tracker" emails, allowing Schneiderman's prosecutors to investigate how they were lost.

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Exxon was not immediately available for comment.

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