Tom Horne Admits Document Destruction and Is Fine With AG Employees Working on State Time

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Denials can be telling. Certainly, this is the case with Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's denial of wrongdoing, in the wake of attorney Tom Ryan's dropping his bunker buster of a complaint on Horne's office.

The document, which Ryan filed dramatically on Monday with the Arizona Secretary of State, alleges that the AG's executive office has been doubling as Horne's campaign headquarters.

It's based on a sworn affidavit from whistle-blowin' ex-AG staffer Sarah Beattie and a trove of campaign-related documents, e-mails, opposition research and other goodies allegedly created and/or sent to others on the taxpayer's dime.

Yesterday, Horne issued a response to the accusations. The reply is lawyerly, and inadvertently damning.

It's as if he's saying, in a very Bill Clinton sort of way, "Look, we didn't break the law, but if we did, it's not really against the law."

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Horne: Sometimes a denial is more than a denial

You can read the AG's entire statement for yourself below. After which, I'd advise going back and re-reading Beattie's affidavit, along with the cache of records she supplied to Ryan.

By itself, that cache of documents reveals the political brothel Horne's made of his high public office.

Regarding the claim in Beattie's affidavit that Horne instructed her to delete a campaign-related e-mail he inadvertently sent to her state e-mail account, Horne essentially admits to a cover-up.

"You cannot control what emails you receive on your state computer," writes Horne. "It is written in the policy & procedures that if any employee receives an inappropriate political email, they are to delete it and instruct the sender not to send any more emails. So if Ms. Beattie was told to delete an email, it is because that is what our office instructs employees to do. Records requests are answered from a central computer memory, so deletions at individual computers cannot hide anything and are not intended to."

See also:
Tom Horne's Alleged Crimes Documented by Attorney Tom Ryan and His Client Sarah Beattie

Is Horne admitting that he ordered Beattie to delete the e-mail? I asked his spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham just that question.

She replied: "As per our written policy, yes."

Thing is, what Beattie described both to me, when I interviewed her last week, and in her affidavit, is an orchestrated effort to use personal computers and e-mail accounts so as to avoid detection. No public records, no evidence that campaign work is being done on state time, which is illegal.



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DNichols
DNichols

             Horne:

Do Arizona a favor and resign you corrupt, racist Low Life

Talk your corrupt racist B.F.F. Arpaio into doing the same?!.

To: The Arizona Political Cesspool.

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

Let me guess? This is a Political season,right? And you are trying to do your best to try to "INFLUENCE".RIGHT?(Well you are not doing a very good job at it.) If i was your BOSS i would fire you. 

2Cute
2Cute

Like Clinton has said, I didn't inhale. 

JoeArpaioFan
JoeArpaioFan

I'd sure like to read all the documents La Rooza and it's misguided Democrat Party has destroyed. 

By the way did you hear that in Nebraska the Tea Party just won big time!  Now I know that's not Arizona but let me warn you that the Tea Party is going to be winning nationwide. You can blame Obama and liberals for that.

DNichols
DNichols

Horne should consider having his honest pal the pride of the G.O.P thier .President Pearce help him restart the "Integrity Leage"?!

I certainly hope the honerable G,O,P, President Pearce is helping Horne set up a vote siphon like Pearce's  wonderful Mrs, Cortez for Hornes upcoming election.

Off topic I wonder how Arpaio's Deputy Stauffer is doing, what did he pull out 5% of the votes?

Websters definition of the word Crooked should read: "See the Arizona G.O.P."

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

    Now    usually I don't do this/but off topic, MR. OBAMA needs to EXECUTVE ORDER for immigration reform ,,,if hilirray can beat paul...

MrDukeInAZ
MrDukeInAZ

Let's hope this is the END for this crooked fucker. 

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

Nice  write  STEPHEN . Way to catch Horniboi  suckin on the OTTER POP getting caught in the money shot...

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

What bothers me most is Horne's disdain and attacks toward Sarah Beattie. She was only hired for her experience in fundraising to begin with. She could easily have a more prosperous life but decided to do the right thing. She deserves our respect and support.  I'm glad she has an exellent attorney with Tom Ryan. 

Horne basically should watch his fucking mouth though-just saying. The same guy who threatened to sue over a minor mistake in an ad should be smarter than to run his mouth.   

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

What would HorniBoi do if someone being prosecuted by the AG's office try to use the same BS excuses that HorniBoi himself is claiming here?  


Throw the book at him!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

an attorney general who doesnt know legal from illegal..............awesome. i gotta get into politics, i would never have to worry about breaking the law..........it wouldnt apply to me

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

LOL...man, this place is such a toilet full of corruption.

Someone really needs to pull the handle....


Can't wait ti see how Montgomery sweeps this one under the carpet. That should be entertaining...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Well well.


It appears Tom "Banned for Life by the SEC" HorniBoi has learned quite well from the Fetid Fossil of MCSO how to destroy public-records. 


What are the odds MontyPug (or some other County Attorney, or the U.S. Attorney) will actually do their jobs and prosecute HorniBoi? I would see hell encased in a block of ice and I will have won the lottery. There's a case here, and there's a reasonable likelihood of conviction.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Well well.


It looks like Tom "Banned for Life by the SEC" HorniBoi has learned quite well from the Fetid Fossil of MCSO on how to destroy public-records. 


What are the odds that MontyPug (or any other County Attorney or the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona) will actually prosecute this corrupt clown? Hell has a better chance of freezing over. 


There's a criminal case here, and there's a reasonable likelihood of conviction.

stepitupguys
stepitupguys

six pages of mind-numbing blather? I'm going to eat a popsicle and jerk off instead. the employees of this weekly circular need to come up with some interesting articles if they want the smart, cool people like me to pay attention.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

You're about 241 years too late for the tea party Robert.

Now be quiet. The adults are busy having a conversation.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@arizonanewtimes.com  Don't you remember how MCSO was caught red handed deleting docs they were court ordered to retain in the racial profiling trial that MCSO LOST?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

If you are going to fish, you need to use better bait twit

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

@MrDukeInAZ well said ,but until the senior senator from Arizona McCAIN  speaks  out  against ELMER FUDD bringing down the whole ARIZONA GOP ticket ,this could be great for dems...

DNichols
DNichols

@Whoknows

If they throw the book at Horne they will probably hit Miss. Chenal in the back of the head.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@WhoKnows  organized crime at its finest. its only illegal if others do it. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Cozz  a toilet full of corruption??? have you been out of town for a while?? that suckers overflowing

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  hahahahahahahaha.....................a likelihood of conviction? he's a politician.................conviction will never happen. you of all people should know justice never happens when applied to politicians. god almighty how i wish it did.................but here in the real world, politicians are NEVER held accountable..............................EVER. if they were......we would have less people in politics...............if any (i am beginning to think people get into politics just to avoid prison)

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

@stepitupguys  

"......the smart, cool people like me......"

You sound like you've been home-schooled for much too long, sport!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@stepitupguys  People like you are the last demographic ANY publication is trying for


You can't fix stupid, so they don't bother wasting time and resources on you.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@WhoKnows be fair, they didnt lose them..........they knew they were headed for the shredder the second the order came to surrender them

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Dammit!!!!!! Now I have to earn my money legitimately. .........oh well, back to the drawing board

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  thanks...............but evidently educated voters arent the ones who turn out on election day...............that means i would never win......................................................maybe if i promised to break the law and waste taxpayer money ?? that might cinch the win for me. (that seems to be the winning formula for the ones we have now)

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy

Actually I was and could still smell it from Nevada.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

You're right Zigs. It was a long day for me. 13 hours....(I have two jobs)

I wish politicians were actually held accountable for their actions and abuses. Life would be great.

johnlancaster85035
johnlancaster85035

@DPSnAZ @stepitupguys     LET ME GUESS?????....KKK???...RIGHT??? 'YOU KNOW THE MASK AND HOODIE THING. Or ONE OF the Adulters workers???

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy  If you changed your name to be "Jan Pearce Arpaio" you'd win in a landslide...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I'm out of state tending to some family matters and I can smell it from Boston Cozz. We need some rid-x.

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