Clinton to FBI: Colin Powell recommended I use private email; Powell responds

Unable to shake persistent questions related to a private email server she maintained at her New York home while serving as Secretary of State, documents sent to Congress on August 16 reveal Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told the FBI former Secretary of State Colin Powell had recommended to her she use her own messaging account.

The documents in question were related to the FBI’s interview with Clinton during its investigation into her use of a private server and mishandling of classified material.

The notes emerge concurrent with details of a new book expected out before the election written by journalist Joe Conason.  In his work Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton, Conason describes a conversation Mrs. Clinton had with Powell at a dinner party hosted by Madeleine Albright  in which Powell proposed Clinton use a private email address for correspondence except classified material, confirming her account of events.

Following the revelations of Clinton’s claim in FBI notes reported by the New York Times, Powell disputed Clinton’s account, stating “he had no recollection” of any such conversation with the former Secretary.

A statement issued by a Powell representative read:

“General Powell has no recollection of the dinner conversation. 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.  At the time there was no equivalent system within the Department. 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.”

Representatives with Clinton’s campaign were not able to be reached as of Thursday, August 18 for comment.


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