Clinton told FBI Colin Powell suggested she use private email: NYT


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.

Clinton has for over a year been dogged by questions about her use of a private email account while she was the nation’s top diplomat.  

The newspaper said the information came from notes the Federal Bureau of Investigation delivered to Congress on Tuesday, which contained details from a more than three hour interview the agency conducted with Clinton over her private email use.

The Times also cited an upcoming book that described a dinner conversation where Powell told Clinton to use her own email except for classified information. The newspaper also reported that Clinton asked Powell in a 2009 email exchange about his use of email while serving under former president George W. Bush.

Reuters could not independently verify the report. Representatives for Clinton could not be immediately reached late on Thursday.

Colin Powell’s office in a statement said he could not recall the dinner conversation. He did recall describing the system he used to her, but the statement did not say he suggested Clinton do the same.

“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,” the statement said. “At the time there was no equivalent system within the department.”

He used a secure department computer to manage classified information, the statement said.

Powell has said he had no choice besides using his private account as the department did not have a fully functioning email system of its own when he joined in 2001.

Republicans have repeatedly hammered Clinton over the issue, helping to drive opinion poll results showing that many U.S. voters doubt her trustworthiness.

FBI Director James Comey announced last month that no criminal charges would be filed over Clinton’s use of private email servers while secretary of state, but rebuked her for “extremely careless” handling of classified information.

(Reporting by John Walcott in Washington, Curtis Skinner in San Francisco, and Jonathan Allen in New York; Editing by Nick Macfie)

4 thoughts on “Clinton told FBI Colin Powell suggested she use private email: NYT

  1. Never trust a colon.
    Oh yeah … I’m a faker…
    Hey…. look at these pictures of the WMD.
    The only thing I have to say about that mthrfker…is
    “Porch Jew Nigger”.
    But my colon said it was ok to have my personal email server.
    Give me a fkng br8k.

  2. Well, it’s got to blame it’s criminality on someone, Because it can’t possibly be it’s own fault. who better to blame it on than another retired criminal?

    I just read recently that the term “Scape-Goat” is an old Hebrew term. Those old crazy Hebrews believed that the whole town could magically heap all their sins onto a single goat and then send that goat out into the surrounding landscape to die. Or just throw it off a cliff. When the goat died, they believed that all their sins died with it.
    Crazy things they believed back then.

    Colin Powell = Scapegoat. For a whole lot of things. And I’m pretty sure he knows it.

  3. Gen. Powell’s response to Hillary’s assertion to the FBI, ” I have NO recollection of this conversation”. Lying to the FBI is still a federal crime, whether under oath or not. A liar has to be on their ‘A-game’ to avoid being caught up in a web. Her current physical/mental condition leaves little room for error. It’s catching up to her, even with her blocking guards and tackles called the MSM.

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