Rejecting claims he influenced former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to use a private email account, Colin Powell told the New York Post Sunday that the Democratic presidential nominee is trying to “pin” her use of a private server on him.
“Her people have been trying to pin it on me,” Powell said.
According to documents unearthed last week related to Clinton’s interview with the FBI over her use of a private email server, Clinton reputedly told investigators Powell recommended to her she harness her own private account excepting the management of classified material.
Contradicting Clinton, Powell responded saying he had no recollection of ever offering such advice. Clinton’s claim appears to be buttressed by the upcoming book “Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton,” where the National Memo founder Joe Conason asserts Powell offered the guidance to Clinton at a Washington, D.C., dinner party hosted by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Calling to mind an exchange he had with Clinton describing his email practices while serving as America’s top diplomat, Powell said, “The truth is she was using it for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did.”
[The Hill] [Photo courtesy Newsweek]