Powell Accuses Clinton Camp Of Trying To ‘Pin’ Use Of Private Emails On Him

Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell walks in the stage to speak during a seminar in Tokyo, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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Colin Powell has accused Hillary Clinton of using him as a scapegoat for her use of a private email server as secretary of state.

A New York Times report out last week cited an alleged 2009 dinner conversation between Clinton and Powell, who served as secretary of state under George W. Bush, in which Powell advised Clinton to use a private email account. Clinton relayed this exchange to FBI officials during a July interview that resulted in director James Comey’s decision not to pursue criminal charges against her.

“The truth is she was using it for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did,” Powell told the New York Post on Sunday. “Her people have been trying to pin it on me.”

Powell released a statement on Thursday saying he had no recollection of that conversation, which was first reported by journalist Joe Conason in his forthcoming book “Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton.”

A 2009 email exchange that emerged during the F.B.I.’s investigation of Clinton’s email use found that Powell urged Clinton to use a personal email account for unclassified messages.

Key differences existed in the former secretary of states’ email practices, however. Clinton exclusively used a private email account for all state Department business and had a private server located at her house. Like Clinton, Both Powell and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice received classified information on their personal emails while in office, according to a 2015 review conducted by the State Department inspector general.

Correction: The original post incorrectly stated that Powell used his personal AOL account for personal communications only. In fact, as has been previously reported, Powell used the AOL account to conduct State Department business, and the department’s inspector general issued a report earlier this year that some of the information in those emails was later deemed classified.

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  1. “Powell only used his personal AOL account for personal communications.”

    That’s not true. He regularly used it to communication with State Department staff.

    He didn’t use it for classified information.

  2. Oh, sheesh, another unnecessary distraction. Hillary really has to just stick with the “it was a mistake, hindsight is 20/20, etc.” and stop trying to rationalize stuff, whether or not there is truth in it or not. It always boomerangs back on her…

  3. Powell always had a thin skin, and he’s escaped blame for many errors. Iraq, for example. He’s as phony as a three dollar bill.

  4. Avatar for mymy mymy says:

    She didn’t try to “use it as an excuse.” The FBI turned up an email to her from Powell recommending using private email. Some Congressional staffer leaked this. She would never have mentioned it, believe me. Her “camp” is not “trying to pin it on him”–He pinned it on himself.

  5. Avatar for hjs62 hjs62 says:

    The problem is Colin, that Cheney and Bush 'pinned" the invasion of Iraq on you. Your decision to be a willing mouthpiece for a pack of lies at the United Nations has left a permanent stain on your record, as well as your credibility.

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