Powell: Clinton Should Have Admitted Email Practices Up Front

By Dustin Siggins Published on September 14, 2016

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell doesn’t like GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump — but he thinks Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton should have been more forthright about her e-mail practices.

In a number of e-mails released by DC Leaks, Powell pushed back against the way Clinton had attempted to drag him into her e-mail scandals. The Democratic nominee, one of his successors as secretary of state, claimed Powell had advised her on e-mail policy.

Clinton Tried to Pin It On Him

Powell, who most famously served under both Presidents Bush, accused Clinton of “trying to pin” her e-mail scandal on him. In fact, according to an e-mail released by House Democrats, what the former Secretary of State under George W. Bush said was far less about violating the law, and more about giving advice to a colleague.

“If it is public that you have a BlackBerry and it it [sic] government and you are using it, government or not, to do business, it may become an official record and subject to the law,” Powell wrote Clinton. “Be very careful. I got around it all by not saying much and not using systems that captured the data.”

After Clinton dragged him into the e-mail investigations by saying she got advice on her illegal practices from Powell, he denounced the effort. “I have told Hilleary’s [sic] minions repeatedly that they are making a mistake trying to drag me in, yet they still try,” he wrote earlier this year. “The media isn’t fooled and she is getting crucified. The differences are profound and they know it.”

Perhaps most importantly, according to Powell,  “HRC could have killed this two years ago by merely telling everyone honestly what she had done and not tie me to it.”

Powell also commented on Clinton looking unhealthy, and said her “hubris” would likely cause problems. He criticized her exorbitant speaking fees, saying one university was unable to bring him to speak because they had to spend so much to bring Clinton to campus.

Trump, Birtherism and Racism

The famously centrist Powell didn’t mince words about Trump, either. “Yup, the whole birther movement was racist,” Powell wrote. “That’s what the 99% believe. When Trump couldn’t keep that up he said he also wanted to see if the certificate noted that he was a Muslim.”

Powell called the GOP investigation into the security failures and the subsequent cover-up a witch hunt, as well.

Powell endorsed President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, sending ripples through the GOP establishment. He has yet to endorse a presidential candidate in this election.

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