Colin Powell says Hillary Clinton’s camp is trying to falsely blame him for her email scandal.
In a three-and-a-half-hour interview with the FBI provided to Congress this week, Clinton claimed Powell, Secretary of State under George W Bush, told her to use a personal email account for official business.
But speaking to Page Six Saturday, Powell said that she had been using her personal email for a year before he told her he used to do the same thing.
Speaking at Apollo in the Hamptons – a fundraiser for the Apollo theater – Powell said: ‘The truth is she was using (her personal email) for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did (during my term).
‘Her people have been trying to pin it on me.’
When asked why they might want to do that, Powell replied: ‘Why do you think?’
He ‘appeared angered’ by the Clinton camp’s claims, Page Six reported, but said: ‘It doesn’t bother me. It’s okay, I’m free.’
Clinton’s claims appear in her FBI interview, according to the New York Times.
They also appear in the upcoming book ‘Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton’ by Joe Conason, based on accounts by Bill and Hillary Clinton.
An excerpt from the book printed in the Times recalls a dinner party Madeleine Albright hosted for Clinton near the beginning of her four-year tenure at the State Department.
‘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 says.
‘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 is said to have told Clinton ‘his use of personal email had been transformative for the department.’ The conversation ‘confirmed a decision she had made months earlier – to keep her personal account and use it for most messages.’
A representative for Powell told the Times the ex-cabinet official does not recall the exchange that Conason wrote about in his book, out September 13.
Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice were also at the dinner, Conason writes.
The Times received an advance copy of Conason’s ‘Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton.’ It is based on accounts from both Bill and Hillary Clinton in the decade and a half since they relinquished the White House.
The FBI documents have not been made available to the public, despite a request from Clinton’s presidential campaign that they be widely released. And Clinton has never claimed in front of cameras that Powell advised her on the matter.
Clinton’s presidential campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the report in the Times.
Aides have said that they would have preferred the FBI make public the documents it provided to Congress because the campaign was concerned about leaks, like the one that came today in the Times.
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