In an interview with the New York Post on Sunday, former Secretary of State Colin Powell accused Hillary Clinton's team of trying to blame him for the Democratic presidential nominee's email scandal.
"Her people have been trying to pin it on me," Powell told the Post. Last week, the New York Times reported a story from journalist Joe Conason, whose upcoming book Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton
includes an account of Powell advising Clinton to use a private email
account. Powell has repeatedly said he has no recollection of the event,
but he did email Clinton about his email practices as secretary of
State. Hillary Clinton reportedly also pointed to Powell's email
practices when questioned by the FBI.
"The truth is she was using
it (her personal email) for a year before I sent her a memo telling her
what I did [during my term as secretary of state]," Powell told the Post. This should invalidate any attempt to pin Clinton's use of a private, home-brew server on Powell and his advice.
asked why Clinton's team was attempting to blame him, Powell reportedly
said, "Why do you think?" If Hillary can pin her email practices on
Powell, not only do they seem less reprehensible, but she can say,
"Look, the Republican did it first!"
But there are many key differences between Powell's use of a private
server (through the company AOL), and Clinton's dangerous employment of a
home-brew server operated out of her home in Chappaqua, N ew York. The
Clintons employed outside contractors to set up the server, leaving it
extremely vulnerable to hacking. Former Secretary of Defense Robert
Gates said that due to this setup, foreign powers like the Russians and
the Chinese likely hacked into Hillary's emails.
Powell did receive two emails with classified information (retroactively
classified at the lowest level of classification), Clinton's server
included at least 1,600 classified emails, some at the most sensitive
level of intelligence, the beyond-top-secret SAP classification. Indeed,
the State Department has determined that as many as 29 emails had
information too sensitive to release in any form, even with redactions.
mentioned a few of these crucial distinctions. "Powell did not have a
server at his house or use outside contractors, as Clinton did, the
Times reported. Plus the rules governing electronic communication got
more strict during Powell's time in office and Clinton's."