Bush administration Secretary of State Colin Powell complained about his recent appearance in the headlines in connection with the Hillary Clinton private email server scandal.
“Her people have been trying to pin it on me,” Powell told PEOPLE magazine in the Hamptons this weekend.
Powell was referring to Clinton’s interview with FBI interrogators, in which she claimed that Powell told her in a memo that he used a private email server as Secretary of State and that she could too.
But Powell made clear to PEOPLE that he is not involved in Clinton’s mess.
“The truth is, she was using [the private email server] for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did,” Powell stated.
So Clinton’s excuse with the FBI falls completely flat, according to Powell.
“It doesn’t bother me. But it’s okay; I’m free,” Powell said.
Powell’s representatives recently put out a statement saying that Powell only used his private AOL account for “unclassified” communications.
Even the Washington Post thought Clinton’s claim to the FBI was “just plain wrong.”
The attempt to — again — equate what Powell did with what Clinton did is yet more evidence that either the candidate, her senior advisers or both simply don’t get it. No, Clinton wasn’t indicted by the Justice Department for her email setup. But she was badly reprimanded by FBI Director James Comey for her email practices; it was an unequivocal condemnation of her conduct in relation to her approach to electronic communications while serving as the country’s top diplomat.
For whatever reason — and despite the fact that Clinton has said on several occasions that she knows she made a mistake — she seems incapable of accepting that responsibility and moving on. No secretary of state — up to and including Colin Powell — handled their email setup like Clinton. That’s a fact.