When you hit someone, expect them to strike back… and that’s exactly what Powell did. Hillary blamed her private server on the former Secretary of State. But what really happened is a whole lot different than her statements.
Colin Powell says Hillary Clinton’s camp is trying to falsely blame him for her email scandal.
In a three-and-a-half-hour interview with the FBI provided to Congress this week, Clinton claimed Powell, Secretary of State under George W Bush, told her to use a personal email account for official business.
But speaking to Page Six Saturday, Powell said that she had been using her personal email for a year before he told her he used to do the same thing.
Speaking at Apollo in the Hamptons – a fundraiser for the Apollo theater – Powell said: ‘The truth is she was using (her personal email) for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did (during my term).
‘Her people have been trying to pin it on me.’
When asked why they might want to do that, Powell replied: ‘Why do you think?’
He ‘appeared angered’ by the Clinton camp’s claims, Page Six reported, but said: ‘It doesn’t bother me. It’s okay, I’m free.’
Clinton’s claims appear in her FBI interview, according to the New York Times.
They also appear in the upcoming book ‘Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton’ by Joe Conason, based on accounts by Bill and Hillary Clinton.
An excerpt from the book printed in the Times recalls a dinner party Madeleine Albright hosted for Clinton near the beginning of her four-year tenure at the State Department.
‘Toward the end of the evening, over dessert, Albright asked all of the former secretaries to offer one salient bit of counsel to the nation’s next top diplomat,’ Conason says.
‘Powell told her to use her own email, as he had done, except for classified communications, which he had sent and received via a State Department computer.’
Powell is said to have told Clinton ‘his use of personal email had been transformative for the department.’ The conversation ‘confirmed a decision she had made months earlier – to keep her personal account and use it for most messages.’