The phrase “dead to rights” has a number of possible origins, my favorite being the George Matsell version:
DEAD TO RIGHTS. Positively guilty, and no way of getting clear.
You can actually read Matsell’s entire book here.
Hillary Clinton has been caught lying dead to rights. We’ve watched for the last couple of years as her email story has come undone piece by piece.
“I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email; there is no classified material.”
Until there was. More than 1300 of them. Then her pleadings changed.
“I am confident that I never sent nor received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received.”
She couldn’t remember how many devices she actually used.
18 emails were exchanged between Obama and Clinton but he only learned of that from the media.
CLINTON: “What I did was allowed. It was allowed by the State Department. The State Department has confirmed that.” — AP interview, September.
THE REPORT: “No evidence” that Clinton asked for or received approval to conduct official government business on a personal email account run through a private server in her New York home. According to top State Department officials interviewed for the investigation, the departments that oversee security “did not — and would not — approve” her use of a personal account because of security concerns.
Clinton has changed her account since the report came out. On Thursday, she told CNN “I thought it was allowed. I knew past secretaries of state used personal email.”
Colin Powell was the only secretary of state who used personal email for work, but not to the extent she did, and he did not use a private server.
CLINTON: “It was fully above board. Everybody in the government with whom I emailed knew that I was using a personal email.” — AP interview, September.
CLINTON: “The people in the government knew that I was using a personal account . the people I was emailing to on the dot gov system certainly knew and they would respond to me on my personal email.” — NBC News interview, September.
THE REPORT: According to the findings, it’s unclear how widespread knowledge was about Clinton’s use of a personal account. Though Clinton’s use of a private email was discussed with some in her agency, senior department officials who worked for her, including the undersecretary responsible for security, said they were not asked to approve or review the use of her private server.
The officials also said they were “unaware of the scope or extent” of her email practices, even though Clinton exchanged hundreds of thousands of messages with people in government from her personal account.
CLINTON: “In the fall, I think it was October of last year (2014), the State Department sent a letter to previous secretaries of state asking for help with their record-keeping, in part because of the technical problems that they knew they had to deal with. And they asked that we, all of us, go through our e-mails to determine what was work-related and to provide that for them.” — NBC News, September.
THE REPORT: While it’s true that the State Department requested records from former secretaries of state in November 2014, the report says the department raised concerns about Clinton’s compliance with federal record-keeping laws years earlier, and the attention did not appear welcome.
Two employees in the Office of Information Resources Management discussed concerns about her use of a personal email account in separate 2010 meetings. One of the employees stressed in one of the meetings that the information being transmitted needed to be preserved to satisfy federal records laws.
They were instructed by the director of the department “never to speak of the Secretary’s personal email system again,” according to the report.
CLINTON: “I think last August I made it clear I’m more than ready to talk to anybody anytime. — CBS News interview in May.
THE REPORT: Clinton declined through her lawyer to be interviewed for the report. Four other secretaries of state participated: John Kerry, Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell. She now says: “everything I had to say was out there.”
But she has said she will speak to the FBI as part of a separate criminal investigation into possible security breaches related to her private server.
In October, she testified about the issue before the House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks.
Lies upon lies upon lies.
She desperately wanted to avoid sunlight:
“Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible,” Clinton wrote in a November 2010 email to Huma Abedin, a longtime aide and then-deputy chief of staff for operations.
Despite protestations from the Clinton camp, comparisons to Colin Powell fall far short of the mark:
Investigators also concluded that former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who used a personal email as well, likewise did not follow record keeping laws. However, the report notes significant difference in their circumstances: During Powell’s tenure, State’s capacity to email people outside the department was limited. He said he needed it to reach people who didn’t work at State. The IG also noted that he used email less frequently than Clinton and top technology officials were aware of his personal email use.
Now the obama White House is fighting to keep Clinton from being deposed, making it appear they too have something to hide. State. Clinton’s cavalier handling of classified material may also have compromised military operations. At least two State IT employees were told never to talk of her private server. Clinton refused a specially designed secure phone from the NSA and acknowledged the risk of using a private Blackberry phone.
When you’ve lost Chuck Todd….
But the host was not buying, he said in his discussion with Mitchell.
“What was the most logical reason to do this?” Todd asked rhetorically.
“Convenience isn’t it because it’s not a convenient thing to have a server in your house. No, it’s making it so that it’s outside the reach of the federal records law. You cannot look at it any other way. That’s the only logical reason to do it.”
Indeed. I continue to believe Clinton is desperate to keep us from learning what we think- that she used her position as SoS to enrich herself and her husband by doling out government favors. Maybe she’s afraid of us finding out what she did as “Goldman Sachs’ partner in government.”
The entire OIG report is here.
And to restate: “Clinton and her top staff did not cooperate with the investigation.”
“What I did was allowed. It was allowed by the State Department. The State Department has confirmed that.”
Dead to rights. Dead. Dead. Dead.
BTW, Clinton has been disappearing emails since she was First Lady