Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told federal investigators that former Secretary of State Colin Powell suggested she use a personal email account, the New York Times reported late on Thursday.
Colin Powell’s representatives responded, stating definitively that the former secretary of state has “no recollection” of a conversation in which he was said to have advised Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to use a personal email for all but classified communications while in office.
Former secretary Powell deserves to be the subject of Hillary’s lies in this situation if anyone does because he’s been minimizing her guilt by claiming he and other secretaries used private email, obfuscating the fact that she used a personal unprotected server for classified emails.
Hillary has repeatedly said that her “predecessors did the same thing” but it’s not true.
“I’m going to give the same answer I’ve given for many months,” Clinton has said. “It wasn’t the best choice. I made a mistake. It was not prohibited. It was not in any way disallowed, and as I’ve said and now has come out, my predecessors did the same thing, and many other people in the government.”
Like Clinton, Powell used a personal email address. However, there’s a big difference: Clinton hosted her email on a private server located in her home. Powell did not.
Powell said he only used his personal email address for unclassified information.
Powell did not take any hard copies of emails with him when he left office and has no record of the emails. They were all unclassified and mostly of a housekeeping nature.
Clinton, however, had top secret emails on her personal account. Those findings came after a House investigation over the 2012 Benghazi, Libya terrorist attack on U.S. civilians and Marines.
Hillary’s use of a personal server was unorthodox to put it mildly.
Basically, Hillary lied again about her emails. She can’t stop lying about it, this time to the FBI but obviously the FBI can’t prove it.
The New York Times reported that Clinton told the FBI that Powell had advised her to use private email as secretary of state. Clinton served as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 for President Barack Obama, while Powell served in that capacity for President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005.
In an upcoming book, “Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton,” journalist Joe Conason, a Clinton fan and apologist, recounts a 2009 dinner party hosted by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and attended by Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice at which Powell was said to have told Clinton to use private email.
“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 wrote, according to an advanced copy of the book obtained by The Times. “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 has said that he encouraged using a personal email address for personal email to modernize.
That gives Hillary cover for her lie but who really believes that Powell, a Republican at the time, made that comment?
Powell’s principal assistant, Peggy Cifrino, told CNN that the former four-star general had “no recollection” of the conversation described in the book but said he did send Clinton a memo outlining his use of a personal email account for material that was not classified.
“At the time there was no equivalent system within the Department,” Cifrino said. “He used a secure State computer on his desk to manage classified information. The General no longer has the email he sent to former Secretary Clinton. It may exist in State or FBI files.”
He was talking about PERSONAL email but Hillary has continually fudged this fact.