Living Unisom and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross held a secret meeting with infamous internet troll, Holocaust denying, racist Chuck Johnson and communicated with him—for work purposes—over personal email on an (insecure?) iPhone.
“Hi Secretary Ross,” the markedly informal email sent by Johnson that day begins. “Great chatting with you the other day.” Johnson proceeds to say that he would be “speaking before about 30 congressmen on tech issues” in Washington and “would love to meet” with Ross as well.
“Ross responded about three hours later, in an email apparently typed from his iPhone. He explained that he had to fly to Wisconsin in order to attend the groundbreaking for a plant opened by Foxconn, the Chinese electronics manufacturer. He urged Johnson to schedule a time for them to meet by going through Macie Leach, a senior adviser to the commerce secretary who had overlapped with Johnson at Claremont McKenna College, a small and prestigious California liberal arts university with a reputation for a conservative student body.
“Sounds good,” Johnson replied, copying several Commerce officials, as well as another email account belonging to Ross. The subject line of his email was “Tech discussion with Sec Ross.””Ross and Johnson did meet that summer, according to a person familiar with the matter, but Johnson’s request for a subsequent meeting in October was turned down.”
I’m old enough to remember when the Villagers inside the Beltway thought using personal email was bad. Maybe they might want to look into his emails?
Russia, if you’re reading this, can you find those emails?
Anyway, no one knows what they talked about, but as Johnson has been banned from all the social media platforms, and the ones he started himself have been shut-down (“Freestartr, a site Johnson founded that was used to raise money for Nazis and extremists, shut down. GotNews.com, a font of fake news that he ran, also met its demise”), it was very likely tech/commerce related.