Colin Powell on Clinton’s email scandal: ‘Her people have been trying to pin it on me’ – Business Insider


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Former
Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks during the groundbreaking
ceremony for the U.S. Diplomacy Center at the State Department in
Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.

Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell over the weekend dismissed
reports that Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton
told federal investigators that it was at his suggestion that she
used a personal email account, according to a media report.

Powell, who served as the nation’s top diplomat under Republican
president George W. Bush, told People magazine that while he did
send Clinton a memo about his own email practices, Clinton had
already chosen to use personal email rather than a government
account while she had the job.

Clinton, who faces Republican Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 US
presidential election, has been dogged for more than a year about
questions over her use of private email account and a personal
computer server while she was secretary of state from 2009-2013,
during President Barack Obama’s first term.

“Her people have been trying to pin it on me … The truth is,
she was using [the private email server] for a year before I sent
her a memo telling her what I did,” Powell told People on
Saturday.

Last week, the New York Times reported that Clinton told federal
investigators probing the issue that Powell, who was secretary of
state from 2001 to 2005, had suggested she use personal email for
unclassified email when the two spoke over dinner. The
conversation occurred “in the early months” of Clinton’s tenure
at the State Department, the Times said, citing a forthcoming
book by journalist Joe Conason that first reported the dinner
exchange.

That revelation came as the Federal Bureau of Investigation last
week turned over a number of documents to the US Congress related
to its probe into the emails. The FBI recommended against
criminal charges for Clinton, but Clinton has been widely
criticized by Republicans over the issue.

Representatives for Powell, in a separate statement to NBC news,
said he had no recollection of the conversation with Clinton but
did write to her about his use of a non-government email address.

“He did write former Secretary Clinton an email memo describing
his use of his personal AOL email account for unclassified
messages and how it vastly improved communications within the
State Department,” his office told NBC on Friday.


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The email exchange occurred in 2009, according to the Times.

Both Powell and his successor in the Bush administration,
Condoleezza Rice, received some classified information via
personal email accounts, Reuters has reported. Clinton’s
additional use of a personal computer server at her home,
however, broke State Department rules, an internal watchdog
found.

The FBI document release to Congress has riled both Democrats and
Republicans. Democrats have expressed concern over the potential
for politically motivated leaks by Republicans to target Clinton
less than three months before the presidential election.

Republican US House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz
told MSNBC on Monday the documents lawmakers received “are overly
redacted” and that they are asking for another version with more
of the missing information so they can be made public as soon as
possible.

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