Colin Powell had tried to be gentleman after he discovered that Hillary blamed him for her using a private email account. He merely said he didn’t remember talking to her at a function they both had attended, but when Hillary’s surrogates started publicly beating up on Powell, he got angry and he told the full story. And it isn’t favorable to Hillary. He now says that Hillary is trying to pin the blame on him.
Here are the points he makes. He did not discuss emails with Hillary at the function for former Secretaries of State. He did exchange emails, but by that time Hillary had already been using a private account for over a year. Therefore, she could not have possibly set it up because of his advice. He did not say anything about a private server and all classified documents had to routed through his government secured email.
The reported conversation was first brought to light in journalist Joe Conason’s upcoming Bill Clinton biography, Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton, in which the writer details a dinner party held by Clinton and attended by Powell, Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger and Condoleeza Rice.
“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. “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] confirmed a decision she had made months earlier – to keep her personal account and use it for most messages.”
What you need to know is that Joe Conason is a Clinton crony and has a Clinton book coming out before the election that is fawning over the next possible Felon chief. But even with that there are two salient points in those two paragraphs. One is he acknowledged she was already using her private emails and secondly he noted that she shouldn’t use the private email for everything, which she did. And nowhere does it say anything about using a private, unsecured server.